Like a Child on Their Father’s Knee

The ultimate source of truth in any field rests in him. The world may discover much truth without owning Christ as Truth. Christ upholds even those who ignore, deny, and oppose him. A little child may slap his father in the face, but it can do so only because the father holds it on his knee. So modern science, modern philosophy, and modern theology may discover much truth. Nevertheless, if the universe were not created and redeemed by Christ no man could give himself an intelligible account of anything. It follows that in order to perform their task aright the scientist and the philosopher as well as the theologian need Christ.

– Cornelius Van Til, The Case for Calvinism p.147-148


3 thoughts on “Like a Child on Their Father’s Knee

  1. Michael A. Coughlin November 9, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Yes, it made me think of my son last night who slapped my face, but only because I lifted him close. He’s a little guy but he needs God’s grace!

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    • keesthequokka November 10, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      As we all do. It’s a great analogy. It seems that it was one of Van Til’s favourites.


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