Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pike: the limits of the human mind

Saturday, July 17, 2010
    ... the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
    —Romans 8:7 (NIV)
    Every logical position ... will eventually lead into trouble, and heresy, and chaos. Every logical position is fully consistent, but coherence arises from the human mind, not God’s. The human mind is finite and cannot grasp eternity, and therefore the finite mind sees the infinite as not graspable coherently. If we could grasp it all coherently, without contradiction, we would be God. The person who insists on being logical to the end winds up in a mess. I am not saying that we should not be rational. I am not anti-intellectual. I am saying that the intellect by itself is helpless to arrive at total truth.
    ... Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001), Stir, Change, Create, p. 44 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You lead Your people out of darkness.
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