Greater and Lesser Truths

.P. Moreland is one of the 50 most influential living philosophers. He’s also a colleague and friend of mine at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has spent his career writing largely in the philosophy of mind and the intersection of science and faith.

MCDOWELL: You make the bold claim that there are some truths in theology and philosophy that we know better than scientific claims. Can you give me an example, and how would you defend such a claim?

MORELAND: The truths of logic, mathematics, introspective knowledge of one’s own conscious states, moral truths (e.g., It’s wrong to torture little babies for the fun of it!), the nature of truth, the nature of knowledge itself, and so on. Regarding logic and math, science presupposes these; technically speaking, they themselves are not discoverable by science.

Sean McDowell, “Responding to Scientism and Secularism: Interview with J.P. Moreland” at his blog

I hold the defense of the innocent, the need to protect their lives, as a more unchallangable truth than 1 + 1 = 2.

Few or no Western scientists or intellectuals agree with me: they have little interest in the category “innocent” (or “justice” or “holy” or “truth”).

Only power and control and safety and pleasure and malice towards God and His people motivate them.

That’s why they are dead.

Despite their money and prestige and political support from all the Right Sort of People, they have no future, whatsoever.

Get the big things right —

“protect innocent lives”

— and all the rest of the creation —

“1 + 1 = 2”, and all the wealth, power and honour
clear logic and solid math unlocks

— will be given unto you.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:33


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