Start here...First Principles (B)

Written by Terry Dashner

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Two fundamental truths about humankind are existence and reality. To be real is to exist and to exist is to be real. Reality is, regardless of our knowledge of it. For example, gravity exists; it is part of reality. Even if Sir Isaac Newton had never defined gravity and we had no knowledge of its existence, it would not stop existing. Reality, like gravity, is something that exists no matter what we think: reality is independent of our minds. [Ibid, p.25]

The opposite of reality is illusion. For someone to say that everything is an illusion is delusional. Why? Because in order to know something is an illusion is to know something of reality. How else would someone know an illusion if he had never known reality? There must be reality to affectrepparttar contrast. One can not know illusion without knowing reality. When one applies his thoughts torepparttar 143242 nature of reality and then makes truth claims about what he discovers, his truth claims will either be logical or illogical (nonsense). For that reason,repparttar 143243 initial question to askrepparttar 143244 person who thinks that logic does not apply to reality is, “What do you assume to be true about logic and reality?” Logic is unavoidable. [Ibid, p. 26]

The law of noncontradiction is universal. Rememberrepparttar 143245 words of Mortimer J. Adler? “…The principles of logic are neither Western nor Eastern, but universal.” Anyone who visitsrepparttar 143246 Far East will note that computers operate inrepparttar 143247 same manner as they do inrepparttar 143248 West. The logic used in places like India is identical torepparttar 143249 logic used in North America, because logic is universal in nature, andrepparttar 143250 laws of logic are universal. Food for though, wouldn’t you agree?

(The second in a series entitled, “Start here…first principles”)

Keeprepparttar 143251 faith. Stayrepparttar 143252 course. Jesus is coming soon…He’srepparttar 143253 only logical solution. Pastor T.

Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. US Navy veteran, retired police officer, and father of three grown children.

Start here...First Principles (A)

Written by Terry Dashner

Continued from page 1

Have you ever heardrepparttar term, pluralism? A pluralist would insist, for example, that Christians view reality one way, whereas Hindus viewrepparttar 143208 same reality in a different manner, and conclude that both views are true. But, both views can’t be accurate. Can a Christian affirmation (evil is real) and an opposing Hindu denial (evil is an illusion) both be right? If one view of evil is true,repparttar 143209 other must necessarily be false; both claims about evil cannot be true and both cannot be false. [Ibid, p. 22]

When someone acknowledges that an intolerant position isrepparttar 143210 opposite ofrepparttar 143211 tolerant one, he thereby establishesrepparttar 143212 credibility ofrepparttar 143213 first principle of all knowledge,repparttar 143214 law of noncontradiction. All thinking (whether about physics or about metaphysics) is alike torepparttar 143215 extent that it is governed by this foundational first principle of logic—the law of noncontradiction. [Ibid, p. 23]

If someone were to say, “There is no such thing as truth, andrepparttar 143216 law of noncontradiction is meaningless,” he has done two things. First, he has assumed that his view is true as opposed to false, and thus he usesrepparttar 143217 law of noncontradiction. Second, he has violatedrepparttar 143218 law of noncontradiction by suggesting that there is no such thing as truth while atrepparttar 143219 same time and inrepparttar 143220 same sense insisting that there is such a thing as truth—the truth of his own view. By doing so, he automatically validatesrepparttar 143221 law of noncontradiction. [Ibid, p. 24]

Three basic beliefs must be assumed to be true for every worldview. First, I really do exist. Second, to think about my existence is to employ reason. Third, my existence and logic can not violaterepparttar 143222 law of noncontradiciton. Stay tuned. This gets clearer.

(This is part one in a series of articles entitled, “Start here…first principles”)

Keeprepparttar 143223 faith. Stayrepparttar 143224 course. Jesus is coming soon and very soon.

Pastor T.

Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. US Navy veteran, retired police officer, and father of three grown children.

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