Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Conservative Self-Refutation

I see that a conservative Roman Catholic site is enjoying a go at Bishop Gene Robinson. Here’s part of what the article says:

[Bishop Robinson] told an admiring audience in Putney, in southwest London, that Anglicanism is uniquely suited to the establishment of the contradiction of homosexual Christianity.

“The Anglican tradition is uniquely capable of holding two seemingly contradictory ideas together. Its position on abortion, for example is that all human life is sacred. And, that no one has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. Both are true,” he said.

The logical principle of non-contradiction, a basic philosophical concept identified by Aristotle, is defined as the idea that two opposed things cannot both be true. Aristotle put it that, “One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time.”

It is not possible, for example, for a person to both be in a room and not in a room at the same time. This principle is regarded by philosophers as one of the three first principles of rational thought, without which no assertion of any truth is possible.

Many Christian philosophers have noted that the moral chaos in western societies has stemmed from the 20th century’s abandonment of this principle as the guiding force of politics and religion.

Let's put the shoe on the other foot and see what happens if we apply the law of non-contradiction to test the truth of the doctrine affirmed by the historic creeds and councils of the Church. What conclusion, for example, does the law of non-contradiction compel us to draw about simultaneously holding these two propositions as true?

1. Jesus Christ is fully divine.
2. Jesus Christ is fully human.

Hmmm ….

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yup, if we are limited to rational thought, we might as well hang it up now.