Logic: The "Sword Of God"
Logic: What the heck is it?
Logic / reasoning is a natural part of what makes us human. We use it constantly in our daily lives, every thought and action we take relies on some form of logic. It's a subject of academic study too. But what is it?
Logic (from the Ancient Greek: λογική, translit. logikḗ), originally meaning "the word" or "what is spoken", but coming to mean "thought" or "reason", is a subject concerned with the most general laws of truth, and is now generally held to consist of the systematic study of the form of valid inference.
Some more definitions:
- reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity. (Oxford)
- a science that deals with the principles and criteria of validity of inference and demonstration : the science of the formal principles of reasoning. (MW)
- a method of reasoning that involves a series of statements, each of which must be true if the statement before it is true. (Collins)
- The logic of a conclusion or an argument is its quality of being correct and reasonable. (Collins)
Logic is synonymous with reason, and is a means for determining the truth of a statement.
But what is it? How can it do that? How can logic find truth? If logic can find truth, then how much truth can it find?
Although we use logic routinely, we don't tend to think deeply about the implications of it.
What are the logical implications of the existence of logic?
Logic Implies Absolute Truth
If logic is a means for finding truth, then truth must exist. There must be actual truths which exist, in order for logic to have any meaning.
Science assumes that absolute truths exist, and that they can be found by observation and reason, because that's it's purpose. The word 'science' is a synonym of 'knowledge', and a definition of knowledge could be "to understand truth". Thus science also implies absolute truth must exist.
science (n.) mid-14c., "what is known, knowledge (of something) acquired by study; information;" from Latin scientia "knowledge, a knowing; expertness," (OED)
Logic Implies A Non-Physical Reality
The fact that logic is required for matter to exist, and that logic is not made of matter, seems a thorough logical proof that the universe is founded on non-physical / spiritual principles. Because it's inconceivable to have this material reality without the "super-reality" of non-physical logic, there seems little room for doubt that this is the case. The fundamental material of the universe cannot be matter.
Logic Implies An Intelligent Creator
The ability to reason is the essence of intelligence. We could define it as such.
If logic/reason must exist before matter, then the universe is a mental construction. If logic/reason is the definition of intelligence, then the mind is intelligent. Thus the universe exists within the mind of an intelligent being.
Logic: The Divider
I propose we re-frame & redefine logic...
Consider: Logic allows us to distinguish one thing from another. Logic can tell us THIS is NOT THAT. Without the logical NOT operator, it would be impossible to have a reality comprised of seperate things. So logic would have to be a pre-requisite to a creation event.
In fact I would go further, and say that without logic it would be impossible even for a God to even conceive of creating anything. It is assumed that an intelligent God would create the universe for a purpose (i.e. not by chance), but without logic one could not identify a need, create a plan, or execute it.
Without logic it's impossible to have numbers, or relationships, or anything we can conceive of. Without logic there could be no concepts or ideas, at least as we understand them. Logic makes knowledge possible.
I propose: Logic is not just a means to determine truth, it's the primary mechanism by which truth/reality is created.
Some may argue that logic is an 'emergent property' of the universe, but there could have been no 'singularity' without logic, no 'laws of physics', no 'quantum foam' etc. We cannot imagine any form of reality or math without logic. Any argument against the pre-existence of logic must therefore be an argument against logic itself.
Logic Divides the Dao
The Dao could not have been divided without logic... So logic preceded the creation of Yin & Yang.
It seems we're getting very close to Christian descriptions of the 'Logos', which they identify with the 'Christ' spirit.
If Logic = Logos = Christ, then this characterises the Christ as the spirit of science & knowledge, the spirit of truth. Which corresponds nicely with one of his most famous qotes: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.". It places the Logos above nature/creation, not part of it.
(Note: The word 'word' below is translated from the Greek 'logos'.)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Logic preceded the Dao (Heaven & Earth), and so was "with God in the beginning", when there was only God. Of course God would have had to create logic, if it didn't already exist, in order to divide Yin from Yang, and to be able to create things.
Nature: The Not-God
Logically, In order to create something God had to create something that was not-God. The thing he created had to be different from himself, at least in some regard. And so, according to this theory, he created Two, because Two is NOT One.
There are two possibilities of how He divided the Two. Either:
- God contains both Good & Evil, and He divided those pre-existing qualities out into Yang & Yin. Or,
- God contains only Good: He created Yang in the image of Himself (Good) and created Yin as the opposite (Not-Good). Thus Yang would be a true reflection of the original-creator, and Yin is the negative-image.
This is open for discussion.
The debate between the two opposing philosophies of Absolutism and Relativism is a debate between Yang and Yin. Yang is absolute, Yin is relative. Note that Yin is the archetype of being wrong. The relativist position is illogical, and immature, and it is held for emotional reasons...
There are two-minds in the world, and people are all somewhere on the spectrum of Yin to Yang mind.
I think we can firmly associate the Christian Christ, with the principle of Logic...
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:
and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
The sword symbolises logic because it separates things. It divides one part from the other. Just as logic separates truth from fiction.
The Logos / Christ is portrayed as having a "sharp twoedged sword, coming from his mouth". I don't think it could be clearer in it's symbolism. Logic is the sharp two-edged sword, which cuts both ways, and it's coming from his mouth. Logic is expressed though Voice, and it is Choice.
And it's interesting to note the seven-stars in his right hand. Which obviously correspond to the Seven 'Gods of Matter'. Logic did create them, and is superior to them, and they are the ultimate expression of the creative force.
Logic = Logos = Christ = Cross = Crossroads = Choice
I think we should link the concept of free-will / choice closely to the principle of reason. If we don't have the power of reason, we can't choose. Without knowledge, reason and understanding there is no possibility of making an informed choice.
To be free is the same thing as being able to choose. The more choice you have, the freer you are. Thus the spirit of free-will must also be make knowledge available.
I think it's interesting that the symbol of Christ is the cross, and the cross can be considered the symbol of choice, as the crossroads symbolises choice. It's said you go to the crossroads to make a deal with the devil, and that fits the thesis very well.
"Christ the Mediator"
Christ is said to be the "mediator between God and His creation".
As I hope to have demonstrated, Logic is the mediator between God and His creation, and 'Christ' is Logic.
Logic is a part of God, it was used to create reality, and we can use Logic to know reality. Logic completes the circuit of creation, God used it to create us, and we use it to know God. It makes sense for it be considered the ultimate concept / spirit.
I really think this view of the 'Christ' of Christianity is far more accurate, useful and healthy than the superstitious and idolatrous conflation of the divine principle, with the man called Jesus. Christians should worship & practise logic, honesty, integrity and knowledge. That is the route to God. Belief is not a route to anything.
I think Jesus wanted people to follow in his footsteps, not worship his shoes.
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