On God, Logic, and Propositions

I found the following quote quite important and thought I would pass it along…

“Although some biblical scholars (and some evangelicals) scorn the concept of propositional revelation “as an imposition of rationalistic encumbrances upon the discussion of Scripture,” no true knowledge of God is possible apart from a rational, logical verbal revelation. Not only is logical rationality not an encumbrance, it is essential.

‘Without noncontradiction and logical consistency, no knowledge whatever is possible…. The importance of intellectuality in theology, of cognitivity and concepts, of valid propositions, of logical system, therefore dare not be minimized. Some deny the rational emphasis on logic and consistency in considerations of divine revelation. God is not bound by such criteria, it is said; he is assertedly above the canons of human reasoning, so that the ‘truth of revelation’ confronts man in terms either on contradiction or of paradox or of mystery. But without appeal to sufficient reason, the mind of man has no basis for discriminating between mysteries, paradoxes and contradictions (Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation and Authority, 1:232-33).’

Logic did not originate with the Aristotle. There is but one logic in the world bestowed on humankind by the Creator as a reflection of his own nature. It has no independent existence apart from God himself and it is not optional, even for those who attempt to deny it.

‘The logical function of the individual consciousness are everywhere the same, wherever the historically differentiated forms of human life appear; the laws of logic are integral elements of mental consciousness. The many human languages have a common basis in the fundamental logic of human language; amid their undeniable differences, all languages basically reflect the same laws of logic and modes of thought (Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation and Authority, 1:233).’”

-Rodney Decker, May Evangelicals Dispense with Propositional Revelation?-

 This is from a paper presented at ETS.  You can read the entire paper here

5 thoughts on “On God, Logic, and Propositions

  1. This article needs to be presented in perpetuity.

    Sadly however those who need it’s message most, are most likely to be unable to decipher the first sentence.

    It never ceases to amaze…the illogic of otherwise intelligent and educated people who go totally off the deep end when confronted with logic and the Bible.

    Prayer, patience and love.

    I needed them more than I knew.

    May I employ them, along with the brevity of these beautiful quotes, to His glory and mens greater joy.

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  2. I’m sorry, but I think I missed something here. What IS a Logical Law? Please, don’t give me examples of mentalistic thinking…I’m just simply asking for an explanation of what these things are? Abstacta? Well, of course. But this still doesn’t explain what IS a Logical Law?

    Cheers!

    Mr. Simpleman

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  3. Mr. Simpleman,

    Great question! It is actually one I like to ask now and again to get to the point that there is nothing outside God called logic. Nor is it a created thing. It’s much like the the moral law. There is no moral law that exists outside of God that he must look to and follow. The moral law is an expression of His nature. Likewise, what we call logic is an expression of God’s nature.

    Doug

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  4. Thanks! It’s always nice to find some affirming views on what you already believe: “Logic did not originate with the Aristotle. There is but one logic in the world bestowed on humankind by the Creator as a reflection of his own nature. It has no independent existence apart from God himself and it is not optional, even for those who attempt to deny it.”

    I would only add that although I agree with the above, it does not necessarily imply the Christian religion. However, in the end, in my view, love, freedom, and reason come together in this divine logic and it’s hard to find that disagreeable. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

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