Try to understand why the unbelieving mind is hostile to the Christian worldview; understand why no one can be neutral and still remain philosophically consistent; what is meant by the "noetic" effects of sin.
The main points to be observed from this chapter are:
- Factually we must recognize that the unbeliever is not neutral.
- Morally, we must understand that the believer should not be neutral.
- Any claim to neutrality is a pretense, and it is philosophically impossible.
- "Noetic" is derived from the Greek word, nous, which means "mind".
- This is one aspect of the doctrine of "total depravity", which declares that the fall reaches deep down into a man's very being, even to his mind, and his reasoning faculties.
- The world and the universe do not operate randomly by blind chance or under their own inherent power.
- In fact, you will even give account for every "idle word" that you speak (Matt 12:36).
- None of your words is neutral; each one is subject to God's evaluative judgement.
- We are not saying unbelievers "know nothing." We are saying that they do not know anything "truly," because they do not recognize the most fundamental reality: All facts are God-created facts, not brute facts.
Recommended ReadingFlashing, Sarah J., "The Myth of Secular Neutrality: Unbiased Bioethics?"
Kruger, Michael J., "The Sufficiency of Scripture in Apologetics"
Oliphant, Scott, "The Noetic Effects of Sin"
Woodward, Thomas E., "Staring Down Darwinism: A Book Review"