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Such early Christian thinkers as Augustine wanted the world to know that the Christian God and the Christian view of Creation differed totally from this platonic picture. Plato’s god (if indeed that is an appropriate word for his Craftsman) was not the infinite, all-powerful, and sovereign God of the Christian Scriptures. Plato’s god was finite and limited. In the Christian account of Creation, nothing existed prior to Creation except God. There was no time or space; there was no preexisting matter.

They assume, for example, that knowledge is possible and that sense experience is reliable (epistemology), that the universe is regular (metaphysics), and that scientists should be honest (ethics). Without these assumptions, which scientists cannot verify within the limits of their methodology, scientific inquiry would soon collapse. Basic assumptions or presuppositions are important because of the way they determine the method and goal of theoretical thought. They can be compared to a train running on tracks that have no switches.

I had originally thought of titling this book Winning the Battle in the World of Ideas. There was no intent on my part to suggest any note of triumphalism in these words. By no means was I suggesting that the battle had been won or that victory was just around the next comer. Active, thinking Christians are involved in battles every day of their lives. While it is understandable that most Christians tend to think of this battle in its moral and spiritual dimensions, here I deal with the intellectual side of the conflict.

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