Posted by: chuckbumgardner | September 23, 2007

Augustine, Scripture, and Logic

Augustine acknowledges that a deduction may be perfectly valid, on the one hand, yet false nonetheless, when a premise upon which it is built is false. 1 Corinthians 15 (“If Christ be not raised . . . “) is used as a prime example.

At the same time, 

“the validity of logical sequences is not a thing devised by men, but is observed and noted by them that they may be able to learn and teach it; for it exists eternally in the reason of things, and has its origin with God.” (“On Christian Doctrine,” II.31-32)

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