I noticed this book in the footnotes of a number of books I was reading and decided to pick it up and read it. This is a classic discussion by an influential American university professor (Toulmin, 1922-2009) about the failures of modernism and a way forward. Toulmin’s development of modernism is captivating and easy to read. Toulmin explores Descartes’ quest for a stable foundation amid the religious, political, and scientific upheaval of his day. Toulmin’s explanation of Cartesian modernism is mostly helpful, but his suggestion to correct Descates’ quest by a quasi-return to Renaissance humanism is the serious issue. One further comment regarding the helpfulness of Toulmin’s book is that it is, surprisingly, an interesting and transparent illustration of the dangers of critiquing modernism from a postmodern, rather than Christian, perspective.
What About Foot Washing?April 5, 2017
It’s not unusual to be asked about baptism or the Lord’s Supper but in conjunction with that the question of foot washing as an ordinance of the church often comes up. I usually reply that I certainly believe in foot washing, especially for boys under ten years old! But why is it that I do […]
God Created WomanJuly 1, 2016
Genesis 1 “The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near […]
Will The Antichrist Be Muslim?June 4, 2015
One of the difficulties for Christians in apologetics is that they have to know a lot about many religions and cults, but the religions and cults only have to know about Christianity. The growing threat from Islam reminds the Christian of this very thing. That is why I was glad to receive a book exposing […]