Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

5-31-2003

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to try to answer the ontological and epistemological question of mathematics. Specifically, "What, if any, of mathematics exists in the objective sense?" And, "How do we as humans know that our knowledge of mathematics is correct?" These questions will be investigated by looking at the applications or mathematics, the practice of mathematicians, and most telling, the content of mathematics. Mathematics, admittedly, can only go so far in answering its own philosophical questions, even when aided by recent developments in the field of logic. The overwhelming evidence, as will be shown, points toward a theistic, or more precisely, a creationist, interpretation of mathematics. The presuppositions of Christianity will be shown to have the powerful ability to fill in the philosophical gaps left by mathematics, legitimately addressing the existence and knowledge questions.

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