Mathematics and the Myth of Neutrality

Mathematics and the Myth of Neutrality

On Sunday morning I referenced a quotation by apologist Cornelius Van Til. Here’s how he effectively demonstrates that neutrality is a myth, even when dealing with something we would consider entirely fact based. Enjoy!

When you think of two times two as four, you connect this fact with numerical law.  And when you connect this fact with numerical law, you must connect numerical law with all law. The question you face, then, is whether law exists in it own right or is an expression of the will and nature of God.  Thus the fact that two times two equal four enables you to implicate yourself more deeply into the nature and will of God.

When an unbeliever says that two times two are four, he will also be led to connect this fact with the whole idea of law; but he will regard this law as independent of God.  Thus the fact that two times two are four enables him, so he thinks, to get farther away from God.  That fact will place the unbeliever before a whole sea of possibilities in which he may seek to realise his life away from God.