Monday, October 25, 2021

Are unprovable statements objective?

 Objectivity does not depend on provability. There are unprovable statements that have to either be true or false. "There is intelligent life on other planets" would be one. I don't know how to prove it one way or the other, but it's got to be true or false. 

Consider the claim "An omnipotent being exists." Many people think that statement can't be proven one way or the other. But even if those people are right, there either is one or there isn't. 

If there is a God, does God know that adultery is always wrong, or is God in the dark about it? It's hard to imagine the latter position as even conceivably true. 

3 comments:

One Brow said...

Perhaps God knows that the rightness or wrongness of adultery depends on specific circumstances?

Victor Reppert said...

If that is what God knows, then God knows an objective truth. The morality of killing people depends on whether they deserve death, or whether you are defending yourself. That doesn't render the rightness or wrongness of homicide relative in any significant sense.

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