Monday, April 29, 2013

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 everybody  interprets the world from some basic interpretative schema, and it is impossible to step outside of one's interpretative schema in order to know that it is true or false, then if follows that there is no way to know that the reformed christian interpretative schema is THE true interpretative schema. There is, therefore, no reason to accept the reformed christian interpretative schema over the fanatical atheist views of Richard Dawkins.