The Problem of Theological Cataracts

September 01, 2014

by Scott Oliphint

As we make our way toward the end of the Ten Tenets, Tenet 8 comes into view:

8. Suppression of the truth, like the depravity of sin, is total but not absolute. Thus, every unbelieving position will necessarily have within it ideas, concepts, notions, etc that it has taken and wrenched from its true, Christian context.

C. S. Lewis once famously said: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” If, as Christians, we see everything through the lens of Holy Scripture, we can, by the grace of God, understand the world as it really is, rather than how it might appear on the surface.

Tenet 8 requires this kind of Christian vision, a vision that sees everything else in light of Christianity. It assumes that we have put on the spectacles of Scripture and therefore have moved from blurry images to more light and more clarity.

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Scott Oliphint

Dr. Oliphint (PhD, Westminster) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at WTS.

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