Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pike: logic

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Commemoration of Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796
    But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
    —1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (KJV)
    Logic may be viewed, perhaps, as a machine which is designed, at best, to be such that when we feed into it certain data and turn the logic crank, we inevitably get certain conclusions out the other end. Logic is designed to give inevitably true results starting from known true—or assumed-to-be-true—premises. Logic is a wonderful tool when we want only logical conclusions. We should not reject such a machine merely because it is not equipped to handle all of reality. The scientist who commits himself to use a logic machine is doing wisely, qua scientist, for use on data of science. But if he feeds into that machine convictions that there is no God, or ignores God because He is not in his corpus of data, and then draws from his logic the conclusion that God does not exist, his conclusion is irrelevant. Logic is a tool; it should not be made into a religion.
    ... Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001), With Heart and Mind, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962, p. 6-7 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 1:27-29; Isa. 29:14; Matt. 11:25; 18:3-4; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:16-17; 21:15; Acts 6:9-10; 17:18; 2 Cor. 10:4-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make my mind submit to Your truth.
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