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Have you ever heard term, pluralism? A pluralist would insist, for example, that Christians view reality one way, whereas Hindus view 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, 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 is opposite of tolerant one, he thereby establishes credibility of first principle of all knowledge, law of noncontradiction. All thinking (whether about physics or about metaphysics) is alike to 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, and 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 uses law of noncontradiction. Second, he has violated law of noncontradiction by suggesting that there is no such thing as truth while at same time and in same sense insisting that there is such a thing as truth—the truth of his own view. By doing so, he automatically validates 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 violate law of noncontradiciton. Stay tuned. This gets clearer.
(This is part one in a series of articles entitled, “Start here…first principles”)
Keep faith. Stay course. Jesus is coming soon and very soon.
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. US Navy veteran, retired police officer, and father of three grown children.