Five Solas


Rushdoony, The Word of Flux, p.48

Rushdoony, The Word of Flux, p.48

5. Epistemological Man

Rousas John Rushdoony

The Word of Flux: Modern Man and the Problem of Knowledge, Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2002, pp.45-54

 1. Facts and Epistemology
 2. Circular Reasoning
 3. Facts and Presuppositions
 4. Faith and Knowledge
 5. Epistemological Man
 6. Irrational Man
 7. The Death of God: Its Implications
 8. Authority and Knowledge
 9. Ultimate Authority
 10. A Valid Epistemology
 11. The Flight From Reality
 1. Bootstrap Reasoning
 2. A Note on Recent Developments in Epistemology
 3. A Systematic Anthropology?
 4. The Lack of Epistemological Self-Consciousness


 St. Paul, however, set the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the context of the sovereign decree of God and the inescapable fact of God’s judgment on sin. The reaction then was either to mock Paul or to brush him off with, “We will hear thee again of this matter” (Acts 17:32). St. Paul, by challenging their concept of the unknown god, and by asserting the sovereignty of the revealed God of Scripture (Acts 17:22-31), had challenged their entire philosophy. He had in effect declared, as Van Til points out, (p.48)

 …What is the relation between the gods you say you know and the god of gods you say you do not know? Is it not the same reality, the same universe of which in one breath you say that it is wholly unknown and also that it is wholly known? If there is that in the universe which, on your system, is wholly unknown, and if this which is wholly unknown has an influence for good or evil on that which you say you know, do you then really know anything at all? Why not destroy all the altars to the gods you say cannot be known? On your basis it is impossible to know anything unless you know everything, and since by admission you do not know everything you should admit that the whole of your religious activity is an irrational procedure. And what is true of your religion is true of your science. You do not know what water, earth, air and fire are. You appeal to some common principle above the mall from which as a common source they spring. But then this common source, has, as Anaximander said, no positive quality at all. It must be without quality to be truly beyond and thus truly common, and when truly beyond and therefore without quality, it cannot serve as the explanation of anything that has quality in the world you claim to know. (p.48)

 Your worship is therefore one of ignorance, of ignorance far deeper than you are willing and able on your assumption to own. On your basis there is no knowledge at all; there is nothing but ignorance. (p.48)