I’ve been in a funk this year.
I’d lost my incentive to write and to discuss the reasons for the hope that I have.
The very hope itself seemed to be under siege.
It was under siege!
By the tyranny of illogic.
You see, the worldview of non-Christians is easy for me to understand, because that’s where I came from. I’m generally privy to the errors in their logic because those errors were once mine. It’s relatively easy for me to spot and avoid the inevitable cracks of illogic in the foundation of that worldview.
Christianity is another matter.
I am sometimes willing to listen to other Christians without adequate discernment.
I let down my guard. Even though I should know better.
When a Christian I respect and trust provides a new analysis of their worldview, our worldview, I sometimes suspend all doubt.
Because I care about that person and their opinions I want to have an open mind to their intellectual constructs.
But an open mind is one that is willing to follow the evidence where it leads, not one that suspends rationality.
Yet, I often make the mistake of allowing their argument to remove the cornerstone of my own foundation (and that of any properly constructed foundation).
I would never allow that from someone on the other side.
And I should never allow it from someone on this side either.
In fact it was a logical argument that brought me to this side!
How do we know anyone’s conclusions are right?
All truth claims, philosophical, scientific, mathematical, secular and Christian, must be the result of a logically constructed argument.
So the next time I don’t see the logic in someone’s conclusions I owe it to myself to stand firm to the dictates of logic. If not, I open myself to the ultimate oppression.
The tyranny of illogic.
Ravi Zacharias clearly articulates the indispensability of logic in his book “The Real Face of Atheism”.
“With all of our resistance to it, however, one unavoidably must use it to test truth claims; moreover it is impossible to attack logic without using logic. For, truth has a direct bearing on reality, and the laws of logic do apply in every sphere of our lives.”
“Since the laws of logic apply to reality, it is imperative that these laws be understood if any argument is to stand its ground. This can be a vast subject in itself, but the foundational laws are indispensable to the communication of truth.”
Dr. Zacharias goes on to quote Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, from his book Three Philophies of Life.
“Three things must go right with any argument:
(1) The terms must be unambiguous
(2) The premises must be true
(3) The argument must be logical.”