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In Christ are Hidden All the Treasures of Wisdom: Kant’s Transcendental Program Falls Short

By Mike Robinson

Department of Apologetics

Collegiate Action Mission

Granbury, Texas


Immanuel Kant maintained that men can know rational truths through a synthesis of human sense perception and reason utilizing man’s intellectual autonomy. He attempts to discard God as the proper foundation of human reason. Additionally, he rejects scripture as the ultimate means to know that sense perception is generally dependable. There are operational features of experience men presuppose in order to offer critical analysis; men come to analytical pursuits with some embedded understanding—background assumptions that make rational examination possible. Without presupposing the existence of God, one cannot account for analytic assessments. Linguistic truths and communication utilized within critical analysis would be impossible without the biblical God since analytical ventures utilize immutable universals which God grounds. One source of Kantianism insufficiency: it cannot account for the essential operational features of reason, thus it lacks explanatory power to account for critical analysis.

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