Immanuel Kant, but Immanuel Can

Immanuel Kant is a very irritating fellow.


The secular philosopher Immanuel Kant formulated the principle: “Since reason commands that such actions should take place, it must be possible for them to take place.” In other words, according to him, obligation proves ability, or an ought implies a can. I get the philosopher’s, “reason” based, sentiment… but I ask, is it Biblical that obligation proves ability or that an ought implies a can, when it comes to faith or repentance?

Before I address the question, did you catch the weakness in Kant’s postulate? Did you notice where he grounds his assertion? I hinted at it. Kant grounds his assertion upon his reason. In other words, his philosophical contribution is viciously circular. Kant validates his reason, with his reason. Such is the common error of secular thought, that secular thought is baseless because it’s not actually grounded. That aside, let’s take a look at how the Bible deals with the “ought implies…

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