Establishing the Boundaries of a Biblical Worldview


The Fracture of the Biblical Worldview

A survey of the history of Europe and its offshoots such as USA or Australia, reveals a worldview that transformed the culture. The transformation included limited government—federalism—and economic prosperity previously unknown.

But the impetus for the transformation—Christianity—came to a sudden halt. Was it the Reformation that brought the transformation to a halt, or something else? Limited government has become unlimited government; economic prosperity has become a debacle as politicians and central bankers attempt to use monetary expansion to turn stones into bread.

A survey of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism reveals many common issues. A commitment to Athanasian Trinitarianism, acceptance of the Chalcedonian formulation of the two natures of Christ, acceptance of the minimum 66 books as the canon of Scripture, and a universal belief in the ultimate moral standards, the Ten Commandments.

But one event shattered both Catholicism and Protestantism in a single blow. It was the Copernican revolution in astronomy, the shift from an earth-centered universe to a sun-centered universe.

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R.C. Sproul and the Age of the Earth

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Some books are good. Some are bad. And others are disappointing. In this last category, I put a new book, A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture, by Keith Mathison.[1].

Dr. Sproul (Snr)’s Dust to Glory DVD presentations (57 lectures in all) are a unique and important survey of the Bible, highlighting particular issues from the section under discussion. In the Consequence of Ideas lectures (and book by the same name), Dr. Sproul provides a broad survey of Western thought, from Thales through to modern times. This is a difficult and thorny subject area, but Dr. Sproul breaks it down into bite-size chunks to make the points very clear. Although limited in its scope, it is a very important summary of Western thought that explains our world.

One must do a great deal of hermeneutical gymnastics to escape the plain meaning of Genesis 1-2.” —R.C.Sproul

Dr. Sproul’s venture into apologetics is highlighted by his presentation of the Cosmological Argument in his book, Not a Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and Cosmology. This is a superior presentation and explanation of how to make use of the Cosmological Argument, and there is a very favorable review of this book to be found here.

Now I am a fan of Dr. Sproul, which is why I find the book by Dr. Mathison somewhat ‘out of character.’

In this book the author presents the views of R.C. Sproul on science and Scripture, and in particular, the age of the earth. The origin of the book stems from a question about the age of the earth asked at the 2012 Ligonier conference and R.C. Sproul’s answer to that question. Apparently Dr. Mathison, or someone at Ligonier Ministries, felt Dr. Sproul’s opinion needed defending.

Here’s Dr. Sproul’s short answer to the question: “I don’t know.”

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  1. Available as a free e-book from Ligonier Ministries↵back