Quote from What We Can’t Not Know – a Guide

Courtesy of Ignatuis Insight (accessed 25 December 2021)

I have just started What we Can’t Not Know – A Guide, and was impressed right off by its presuppositions. The press is actually a Roman [Catholic] press, but let that not scare you. I am a believer in the doctrines of grace as defined by the reformers, that people who are saved are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (3 of the 5 solas, one might say). This conviction puts me at odds with the Romanist beliefs – which I am happy to go into at some other point.

So, as I was reading, I noted some fabulous points and wanted to bring one to light in this post.

“…the first thing that an honest man sees with this clear vision is a debt which exceeds anything he can pay. Apart from an assurance that the debt can somehow be forgiven, such honesty is too much for us; it kills. The difficulty is that without a special revelation from the Author of the law, it is impossible to know whether the possibility of forgiveness is real”

 J. Budziszewski. What We Can’t not Know – a Guide. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011 [paperback]. page 26.


This strikes me as such a simple point about the state of humanity. It really jives with biblical truth such as Paul’s comments in the book of Romans, chapter one, that though each person knows who God is, and that He exists and will hold them accountable, they suppress that truth through all kinds of ways (what the Old Testament refers to as devices). Budziszewski is simply saying that we are all haunted by that truth – to which Paul says we deny that truth through self-deception.

I just liked this quote and wanted to get it ‘out there’ for you.


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