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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

On Tensions

1. Disjunctive tension: P or non-P (where the terms are clearly defined)
Response: suspend judgment if you don't know which is true. This is rational.

2. Conjunctive tension: P and non-P (where the terms are clearly defined).
Response: If you affirm (2), you are irrational. Sadly, many people do this in the area of spirituality or theology. If so, this terminates all apologetic efforts.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Prof Groothius, I'm not sure if you're wanting critical discussion on here, but here's a question. To play Devil's advocate: how do you know (1)? I mean I get the widespread argument that we can't speak or think without it, but how do we know it applies to all reality?