In a sunny and fateful afternoon at Orchard Road, two fellow thinkers bumped into one another. After spending some time talking to each other, one of them started:
Subjectivist: There is no absolute truth!
Calvinist: Isn't that statement an absolute truth?
Subjectivist: .... OK ... there is only one absolute truth, and that is 'there is no absolute truth'.
Calvinist: How do you know there is no absolute truth except that one absolute truth?
Subjectivist: .... Er... I just think that is none based on my observation of the omnipresent plurality around us.
Calvinist: Hmm... But you do realize base only by observation, you can't really say something as true? For eg. The lady over there might just be a man, who knows, right?
Calvinist: Now can you see the problem of philosophical subjectivism? It is incoherent; it can't justify its own truthfulness.
Subjectivist: Oh I see. You have a point. Then how would a person know what is true or false?
Calvinist: That is a good question, my friend. One of my ancestor, Dr. Cornelius Van Til, following John Calvin, our grand master of understanding, had highlighted earlier last century that human's mind has been affected by sin. This phenomenon is known as the Noetic effect of sin. That means ever since Adam and Eve sinned against God, whole humanity has been affected by it. Our whole being are deeply marred. We are totally depraved. That includes our faculty of cognition and knowledge being seriously impaired and can not help us to grasp true understanding. Thus if a person gets a true understanding, it is solely by the grace of God. That is God unconditionally elected a limited some who will enjoy the effect of Jesus Christ's saving power. And this grace is irresistible. And through this, God will preserve the limited some to know the truth till eternity.
Subjectivist: Oh I see... But wait a minute, if this Noetic effect is true and that our knowing faculty is damaged and we can't know truth, how then do you know this statement about Noetic effect is really true?
Calvinist: As I have said, I know it is true because it was God's grace that I know it is true.
Subjectivist: Ohh... but how do you know that the notion 'you know it is true because of God's grace' is true since all our knowing is affected by sin?
Calvinist:... er....well, that is because there is only one truth that is not affected by sin, and that is the Noetic effect and God's grace to counter it.
TULIP is an
undeterminate theology which has very
and kind of
nonsensical at times.
*Let those who have eyes see.