When we see how God’s perfections relate to every aspect of our life and thinking, the seemingly unrelated aspects of the world become part of a marvelous picture of God’s purpose and works.’ —From God the Reason
“Craig Biehl’s God the Reason is a very thorough presuppositional apologetic, arguing God’s existence and his necessity for all reasoning, thinking, meaning, and therefore living. The book is a continuous, orderly defense of the biblical worldview. Its arguments are clear and cogent. I hope it gains many readers, Christian and nonChristian alike.” —Dr. John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
“This thought-provoking work shows the emptiness of atheism from an angle not often taken. Without indulging in technical terminology or obscure philosophical arguments, Craig Biehl starts with the attributes of God revealed in Scripture, builds a rational worldview upon them, and demonstrates convincingly that without such a God life makes no sense at all.” —Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Craig Biehl’s, God the Reason, is a remarkable work. It presents theology proper–the knowledge of God–in all of its transcendent importance and breadth. It does so in a way that is accessible, clear and spiritually invigorating. If you are thirsting for a deeper and more personal knowledge of the Lord of the universe, drink deeply of this study. The divine perfections celebrated here will bless your life, stir your reason and ground your faith on an unmovable foundation.” —Dr. Peter A. Lillback, President, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“It’s a wonderful book, a significant contribution to apologetics literature. It is easily clear enough to put in the hands of a layman, but also profound enough to challenge and edify the scholar. I recommend that you get a copy as soon as you can.” —Dr. Mark Farnham, Professor and Coordinator of Pastoral and Preseminary Majors at Lancaster Bible College
“Based on the conviction that Scripture as the self-attesting word of the Triune God is the indispensable foundation of all knowledge, this volume explores in a compelling manner how the truth of the being and primary attributes (or “perfections”) of God is essential for fundamental issues of faith and life. Written for a wide audience, it will be read with considerable profit in our increasingly secularizing times, whether by those who are searching for answers or those seeking greater clarity on the foundations of “what man is to believe concerning God and what duty God requires of man” (Westminster Shorter Catechism).” —Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
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More Quotes from God the Reason
The line between insignificance, despair, and eternal death on the one side and significance, joy, and eternal life on the other is drawn for us in the first four words of Scripture, ‘In the beginning God.’”
To properly know ourselves we must know the God who made us. To properly live in the world, we must know Him who owns, orders, and sustains it.”
Next to the testimony of Scripture, the best evidence for the truth of the Gospel entails the life of Christ displayed in His people.”
When we see how God’s perfections relate to every aspect of our life and thinking, the seemingly unrelated aspects of the world become part of a marvelous picture of God’s purpose and works.”
Apart from God, we are no more than a bit part in a tragic tale of futility, death, and ‘sound and fury, signifying nothing.’ But with God, we are part of something great and glorious, something that gives our life profound meaning and purpose, something infinitely excellent and eternal.”
The uniformity or laws of nature are no more than how God orders the various aspects of the universe in a particular manner for a particular time.”
What we call a miracle is merely God doing something different than what we normally see Him do as He orders and sustains things.”
Since our sin displays a practical atheism that exalts our will over God’s will, so we also exhibit a practical kind of Deism by viewing the universe as begun by God but operating according to independent physical laws.”
Since God transcends the universe He created, we could not describe or know Him accurately without His revelation.”
What lives might have been spared the terror of the racist Aryanism if people were rightly treated as endowed with dignity, as created in the image of God.”
If we lack a moral anchor beyond personal preference and the culture that surrounds us, we will become a mere pawn in the tyranny of someone else’s pursuit of power and pleasure—the prevailing winds will drive us where we never dreamed we would go.”
Given our rebellion against God, our every breath comes by the mercy of God not giving us what we deserve, and our every blessing comes by the grace of God giving us what we do not deserve.”
When our every sin cries, “Crucify!” and our indifference cries, “Barabbas!” why should anything good happen to us?”
Atheists go to great lengths to claim an ethical code of living, even while their worldview denies an ultimate reason for one. Macroevolution gives no basis for morality: If a lion is hungry he eats, even if it happens to be you. He does so with no concern for your family, the preservation of society, or any other higher principles. He just eats and takes a nap. If your family shows up to argue natural rights, they’ll make a nice meal, too. No qualms. Evolution does not make us better than a hungry lion—a God-given conscience does.”
The heart unwilling to do the will of God will not see Scripture as the divine revelation of God’s will.”
The glaring evidence for God in the universe rains on the parade of unbelief and dispels the illusion of the rebel’s independence. Unbelievers, then, refuse to view the evidence with neutral objectivity because the implications of a right interpretation are too damning of their pretended freedom from God and His judgment.”
The shouts of “Crucify!” came not from a lack of evidence, but from fickle hearts who feared the religious leaders and saw their conqueror of Rome under the power and punishment of Rome.”
All people will one day be confronted with reality as God has determined it to be, regardless of what they imagine it to be.”
Book Summary – Short
What can be more practical than to know and love the One who created and saved us, who to know is life and joy forever? As our bodies and the world around us corrupt and decay, He carries us by His love to a joyful eternity where all will be right and glorious. Nothing can be more practical and relevant than to know, love, and be loved by the One who makes all things ‘work together for our good’ (Romans 8:28). Apart from God, we are no more than a bit part in a tragic tale of futility, death, and ‘sound and fury, signifying nothing.’ But with God, we are part of something great and glorious, something that gives our life profound meaning and purpose, something infinitely excellent and eternal. A joyful, meaningful, and fruitful life in Christ depends on knowing the nature and implications of God’s perfections.
Book Summary – Long
“When God stands as the author and explanation of the universe, life becomes worthwhile, a gift to be treasured. When He is cast aside as mythical or unimportant, the words of evil Macbeth ring true and the world recedes into pointless absurdity. Apart from the God of Scripture, all life, meaning, design, beauty, language, knowledge, truth, and morality would be impossible. ‘In the beginning God,’ then, forms the proper starting point for right thinking and living. In the infinite excellence of the Maker and explanation of all things we have the answers to the deepest questions of life.
Scripture unfolds the great works of God from eternity past to eternity future in the new heavens and earth. In our relationship to the Source and explanation of all things we have life, meaning, and purpose, while our trivial existence gains importance as part of God’s eternal purpose. From His love and grace we have eternal life in Christ, in whom we possess all good things and the divine resources to resist the evil forces that would destroy us. Covered in His righteousness we will ‘stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy’ (Jude 24). From God we have all truth and the ability to know truth; the basis for a proper understanding of God, ourselves, and His universe; and the sure foundation for joy, assurance, and unbreakable faith in the midst of an antagonistic culture of unbelief.
Since God’s perfections (also known as His attributes) define His nature and inform His works, they provide the ultimate source and guide for knowledge about Him and the universe He created. To properly know ourselves we must know the God who made us. To properly live in the world, we must know Him who owns, orders, and sustains it. To serve Christ and the Gospel in a true and God-honoring way, we must know the attributes of the God whose Gospel it is. And because Scripture has ultimate authority as the Word and words of God, it provides the source and ground of a true knowledge of God. Therefore, a proper and God-honoring life and defense of faith in Christ requires a biblical approach to authority, truth, and knowledge, one that upholds the authority and independence of God while affirming our dependence on God for all knowledge.
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