Sunday, November 22, 2009

Intolerance, or logic

If a statement is the sort of statement that can be true or false, then it cannot be both true and false. Hence, "God exists" and "God does not exist" cannot both be true. That's not intolerance, its logic.

6 comments:

unkle e said...

I think people who say it's intolerant are talking of subjective truth. Which is a useful concept I guess, but I'd prefer to call it something less confusing.

normajean said...

LOL. The fact that you had to write this tells something sad about the people.

Blue Devil Knight said...

God doesn't bow to your narrow intolerant bivalence! We must use tetravalent logic in all statements involving God (so statements can be true, false, both, or neither). Logically speaking, there is no good reason to favor bivalence over tetravalence, but God's tolerance suggests we opt for the inclusive tetravalence.

Let A="I am happy that the US economic collapse happened when it did."

A&~A

Bam. Reductio of the assumption of bivalence, the law of excluded middle, and the narrowly intolerant law of noncontradiction.

Expand your mind, you narrow-headed westerners!

Anonymous said...

"Let A="I am happy that the US economic collapse happened when it did."

A&~A

Bam. Reductio of the assumption of bivalence, the law of excluded middle, and the narrowly intolerant law of noncontradiction."

How does this show anything?

Steven said...

Logic is an intolerant thing. Who says I can't be a Calvinist and not a Calvinist if I want to?

Victor Reppert said...

Steven: Well, you could be a four-point Calvinist. Then both Calvinists and Arminians will disown you.