Jul 26, 2016 Edition

Berkeley and Empiricism


A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it still make a sound? You've probably heard that question before and you just might have passed it off as just another example of philosophical nonsense. But actually, this very question was instrumental in combating eighteenth century empiricism—a movement that ultimately leads to atheism. So how do we get from falling trees in the forest to affirming God's existence? In this message, Dr. Sproul explains the contribution of Bishop Berkeley as he challenged the tide of empiricism that was sweeping through eighteenth century thought.

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R.C. & Lee

R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was known for his ability to winsomely and clearly communicate deep, practical truths from God’s Word. He was founder of Ligonier Ministries, founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel, first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Lee Webb

Lee Webb is known for his tenured career in television journalism. He is now the vice president of broadcasting for Ligonier Ministries and host of Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul. He is also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

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God calls His people to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. This transformation of thinking God’s thoughts after Him is a daily pursuit. To aid you in this, Renewing Your Mind broadcasts a daily message and related resource offer that exposits the glories of God revealed in the Bible against the backdrop of culture, philosophy, apologetics, ethics, and church history. Think of it as bridging the gap between Sunday school and seminary—equipping you for the Christian life.

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