Re: The Thomas Trap

George Murphy (
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 09:49:00 -0500

Robin Mandell wrote:
> It is possible and scripture hints that in this case the inherent
> knowledge is placed in a human by the creator.Not so with
> geometry.Would not that make it different.

It goes beyond what Scripture says to say that God gave us an "inherent
knowledge" of the creator. We are able to hear God's Word which tells us who God is
and God's will for us. But the problem is that we turn away from that & construct
gods for ourselves, which is what Rom.1:18-31 is about. Any appeal to "inherent
knowledge" of God, like appeals to a knowledge of God supposedly available in nature,
(cf. Kant's "starry heavens above & moral law within") thus are fraught with danger &
must continually be checked against & controlled by revelation.

George L. Murphy