Wright’s description of modern apologetics

This seems to be precisely the modus operandi by which Vox Day and Dalrock seem to be operating. Similarly their spiritual antecedent, C.S. Lewis in The Case for Christianity.

The process of apologetics is almost never to persuade the listener that God exists, that he created us, suffered and died for us, was raised from death and conquered it and lives in us and grants us His life. The process is usually limited to dismissing or dispelling specious arguments against God, such as arguments that portray God as comical, or cruel, or logically absurd, or as a silly superstition, or as an abortive scientific problem. Once those arguments are exploded, the heart is open to receive the Holy Spirit.

Therefore the use of reason is crucial to leading men to God, by proving that the godless world is cruel and foolish and superstitious, leads to horrors from which all honest men recoil, or leads to stupidity, injustice, ugliness and death. That is, the use of reason is to show a model which lack God is a model that does not describe the world we see around us, and does not describe Man.

This last point is most significant. The most striking thing about modern theories and modern philosophies is how painfully easy they are for a student of philosophy to refute. All he need do is look to see if they refute themselves.

John C. Wright
How to Find God

The rest of the post is good reading (long), although I find it unconvincing. It is, essentially, an argument which discredits alternative exegeses ad nauseum, leaving only Christianity as a descriptive model of the world we live in. But we don’t have enough time on earth to work through all possible classes of exegesis. Plus, I do not believe it is vain to attempt a proof of the supernatural with logic and reason, which seems to be Wright’s position.

On the other hand, it’s curious that he doesn’t mention Aristotle’s prime mover. Was that discredited somewhere along the way?

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