Logical Flow of Debate

...in Self-Evidentialism


  • Both sides agree that our world can have only oneexplanation.

  • Both sides agree that worldview realities transcend our physical world; they cannot be seen with the eyes.

  • Both sides agree that truth—any accurate description of reality—is objective; the “big truths” of our world do not change in response to feeling, opinion, or intuition.

  • Both sides agree that any true explanation about our world will be internally consistent, coherent, and will account for the realities we perceive in our world/cosmos.

  • Both sides agree that the body of evidence in a worldview investigation encompasses the full scopeof human experience and observation, including facets such as suffering, aging, sleep, laughter, philosophy, and religion.

  • Both sides agree that a spiritual dimension and divine revelation are logicallypossible—that a transcendent God can reach into our world with revelation.

  • Both sides agree that a claim of divine revelation can be evaluated—like eyewitness testimony in a court of law—on its internal consistency, coherency, external correspondence, and explanatory power and that authentic revelation will demonstrate “insider” knowledge of the cosmos.

  • Both sides agree that everyone operates according to a particular worldview and that all worldviews are either theistic or non-theistic. (There are only two conceivable foundations of reality: personalforces or impersonalforces. These categories are mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive. It is impossible to form moral or political values without coming down on one side or the other.)

  • Both sides agree on the following definitions:

  • Fact-information that is indisputable and based on direct sensory input

  • Testimony-written or spoken statements recounting personal experience or observations

  • Inference-attempted explanations that move beyond what can be directly observed

  • Interpretation-inferences that are influenced by a person’s fore-drawn conclusions

  • Theory-an idea or system of ideas that is intended to explain a set of facts as they relate to one another.

  • Both sides agree that it would be impossible for scientific insight into the natural world to trump a deity’s first-hand knowledge of the cosmos.

  • Both sides agree that a Creator God who engineered language is capable of revealing truth and preserving its transmission in copies and translations in a manner that is sufficient for our understanding.

  • Both sides agree that, in a search for transcendent truths, divine revelation is the only sufficient remedy for our limited perception/fallibility. And diligent, objective scrutiny of the full breadth of evidence, using valid criteria, is our only means of confirming the authenticity of that revelation, thereby safeguarding us from counterfeits.



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