Dawson recognizes that the origins of the world are mysterious

Importantly, Dawson begins his book by thoroughly recognizing that the origins of the world are mysterious and in need of an explanation. He lays out three preliminary presuppositions to create a framework from which to address this issue.  These are: “the reality of an unseen universe, spiritual rather than material in its nature. The existence of a personal God or of a great Universal Will. The possibility of communication taking place between God and man” (Dawson, Page 11).  Dawson does not try to hide his underlying commitments and, instead, boldly lists them.  He even goes as far as to say “I do not propose to attempt any proof of these positions…” (Dawson, Page 11).  In other words, they are to be taken as apriority truths. 

Dawson recognizes that the origins of the world are mysterious