A Response to John Frame’s Presuppositional Approach to Faith and Reason

Andrew Ter Ern Loke*

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Presuppositionalism is popular among certain groups of Reformed Christians today, and John Frame is one of its leading proponents. In contrast with the Evidential Approach concerning faith and reason, which affirms experiences and reason as starting points, Presuppositionalists assume the truth of scripture as starting point in their assessment of the truth-claims of Christianity. They appeal to Christians by emphasizing the authority of scripture, by criticizing autonomous human reason, and by highlighting the noetic effects of sin. I address these considerations, show that Frame's approach is self-defeating and unacceptably circular, and answer his objections to the Evidential Approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-376
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Reformed Theology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Religious studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • authority of scripture
  • faith and reason
  • noetic effects of sin
  • Presuppositionalism
  • theological presuppositions


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