Gordon Clark Quotes – Skepticism

Skepticism is not a worldview

Etymologically a skeptic is one who seeks; but philosophically a skeptic is one who does not find. Or, rather, he finds that there is nothing to be found. There is no truth, and knowledge is impossible. Aside from the self-contradiction of asserting the truth that there is no truth, skepticism is not a world-view. In particular no theories or policies or policies of education can be deduced. Neither can objections against naturalism or theism be based on pure ignorance. It is therefore useless to spend further time on skepticism.

A Christian Philosophy of Education, 34

The theology of feeling

…the chief objection to the theology of feeling is its assertion that God is unknowable. It should be perfectly clear that no man knows enough to assert the existence of an object of which he knows nothing. And not only so, but the assertion that an object exists of which nothing can be known reduces to skepticism. The right of each man to assert the kind of unknowable he chooses throws all objectivity into confusion; and the implicit contradiction contained in asserting that something cannot be known cuts the foundation out from under any and all knowledge.

A Christian Philosophy of Education, 149

If reality is deeper than thought…

…if reality is deeper than thought, it follows that thought is not real. Or, more clearly expressed, if thought and the object of thought are never the same, as he says, then we never know the object. At best we have only a representation of the object, but a representation that cannot be known to represent it.

A Christian Philosophy of Education, 151

escape from irrational chaos

But perhaps there is no escape from irrational chaos except, not exactly Hegelian monism, but a logical completeness of some sort.

A Christian View of Men and Things, 22-24

If truth is impossible… it follows that we have already obtained it

Skepticism is the position that nothing can be demonstrated. And how, we ask, can you demonstrate that nothing can be demonstrated? The skeptic asserts that nothing can be known. In his haste he said that truth was impossible. And is it true that truth is impossible? For, if no proposition is true, then at least one proposition is true – the proposition, namely, that no proposition is true. If truth is impossible, therefore, it follows that we have already attained it.

A Christian View of Men and Things, 26

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