A Linguistic Argument for God’s Existence

jetsSouthern California Seminary is proud to advance biblical scholarship and one of our current adjuncts, Dr. John R. Baumgardner has teamed up with our former Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Jeremy D. Lyon to write on article recently published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS)



Many arguments to demonstrate the reasonableness of God’s existence have been advanced over past millennia.1 On this issue, the biblical record maintains that clear evidence of God’s reality resides in the natural realm all around us. This evidence is so plain, the record claims, that no human being can fail to have awareness of God’s existence (Rom 1:20). This paper calls attention to a category of reality that provides especially powerful support for God’s existence. Our focus is upon the phenomenon of language. We begin from our own subjective experience of this phenomenon and then extend our considerations to the realm of the material world around us. Because language is so integral to our own mental processes and so intuitive in the way we relate to other human beings, most of us never pause to analyze just what is occurring when we think, write, speak, or process what we read or hear others say. Therefore, a crucial first step in this discussion is to establish clearly what the term “language” entails.


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