The Irrationality of Intellectual Autonomy

“What distinguishes modern views of revelation from orthodox (to my mind biblical) views is their affirmation of human autonomy in the realm of knowledge. Intellectual autonomy is the view that human beings have the right to seek knowledge of God’s world without being subject to God’s revelation. It first appears in the history of thought in Genesis 3’s narrative of the fall, in which Adam and Eve make their decision to disobey God’s personal word to them. In their decision, they affirm their right to think autonomously, even to the point of contradicting God himself. The spirit of autonomy underlies every sinful decision of every human being. . . . How could anyone imagine that contradicting the Master of the universe could be a wise decision? This foolishness mirrors the biblical paradigm of irrationality, the foolishness of Satan himself, who (again in the face of clear knowledge) tries to replace God on the throne of the universe. In this satanic project, man seeks to become his own lord.” John Frame, The Doctrine of the Word of God, P&R Publishers, 2010

I’m enjoying my first read of Frame’s final contribution to his Theology of Lordship series. It is excellent so far.

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