[The previous series, 102, can be found [url=http://www.evangelicaluniversalist.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=315&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a]here. An index with links to all parts of the work as they are posted can be found here. This series, 103, picks up with the topic arrived at the end of the previous series.]
[Entry 1 for “Presuppositionalism vs. Progression to a Worldview”]
Now I will examine another set of tactics, similar in ends, if not in means, to those of the negative agnostics.
[Footnote: please keep in mind that my goal throughout this series of entries, as is typically the case throughout this Section 100, is to see whether a particular stance or set of stances properly prevents me from trying with any good hope to reach conclusions on metaphysical topics, including most especially any conclusions that can be legitimately shared by opponents and myself. Keeping this in mind will help avoid misunderstanding what I’m actually trying to do here; and will also help avoid critiques of what I am [u]not actually trying to do.]
There are two subgroups of Christian proponents (and I think I can safely assume they have their mirrors in Judaism and Islam) who would agree with the negative agnostic that philosophical analysis cannot (by its very character) reach useful and/or true conclusions about God’s existence and His characteristics.
Both these groups may be called Presuppositionalists; and for sake of discussion I will distinguish them as Scriptural Presuppositionalists and Theological Presuppositionalists.