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The Fallacy of the Cake

I've been reading alot of Heidegger recently, and studying reformed natural theology (specifically Van Til's variety), and last night I had a thought. Feel free to interact with it. I am open to the possibility that I am totally off my rocker.

The Fallacy of the Cake - wanting to keep your cake & eat it too (you can't have it both ways).

This fallacy is found in the foundational claims of presuppositionalism:

A/ everybody  interprets the world from some basic interpretative schema (all schema's can be divided into two main groups: (1) reformed christian or analogical, (2) fallen man or univocal).

B/ it is impossible to step outside of one's interpretative schema in order to know that it is true or false.

C/ the reformed christian interpretative schema is THE true interpretative schema.

If A and B are true, then C is false (or, at best, impossible to know!)

This is an instance of the Fallacy of the Cake. You can't have your cake and eat it too!!! If everyb…

Aquinas's Prayer Before to Study

How should we pray? When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, Jesus gave them an example - The Lord's Prayer. In John 17 we are able to read what is frequently called the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. We find, in the letters of Paul, many examples of how Pastors and church leaders ought to pray for their churches. We learn to pray by observing the prayers of others. In light of this I simply want to share one prayer that has been a constant source of encouragement to me in my studies. This prayer can be found on a number of websites around the internet, however, I have rarely found the full version of it. So, I decided that I would put it here on my blog. I hope that it will be an encouragement for others.
Aquinas’s Prayer Before Study*
Ineffable Creator,    Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom,           Have established three hierarchies of angles,           Have arrayed them in marvelous order                    Above the fiery heavens,           And have marshaled the regions    …

Being, Being Actual, Being Possible and Being Necessary

In Basic Concepts, a series of lectures given in 1941 by Martin Heidegger, we are told that to the whole, or entirety, of beings belongs actuality, possibility and necessity. Heidegger notes that “The realm of beings is not identical to the domain of the actual…we mean more than the ‘actual’ when we says ‘beings’. Indeed the actual is perhaps not at all the standard for beings. And whenever one demands closeness to the actual for human life, the ‘actuality’ that is really meant is not what is simply present, but what is planned, not what is mastered, but an unspoken claim to power. The oft-mentioned ‘actual’ is not the actual, but the possible. Thus we never think ‘beings’ as a whole as long as we only mean the actual. Henceforth, if we earnestly think beings as a whole, if we think their being completely, then the actuality of the actual is contained in being, but also the possibility of the possible and the necessity of the necessary.”[1] The point of the last sentence is that the n…