The Laws of Logic are a Christian Actuality & Truth Reality

By Mike Robinson

The Law of Non-Contradiction Requires Christian Theism

In the beginning was the Word (Logos) and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1).

Aristotle on the Law of Non-contradiction Utilized in Individual Motion

One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time (Aristotle).

Aristotle observes that men must act in a definite way. This clearly demonstrates that men think that things in reality are one way rather than another. The Law of Non-contradiction (LNC; A~~A) compels one action over another. This is the reason people do not aim to walk into holes in the ground or fall over balconies; this reveals that in one’s actions one cannot avoid the actuality of the LNC. Their actions illustrate that they have an a posteriori notion that they (A) are not the sidewalk (non-A) on the bottom of the balcony drop, so if they want to avoid a painful collision with the sidewalk at the bottom, they must avoid falling from a balcony. The truth of the LNC cannot be avoided in human experience. This demonstrates that the LNC is true and if one verbally disagrees with such, one must depend on the LNC in one’s disagreement which shows that the LNC is indubitable; it’s pragmatically necessary and rationally certain.

Action is the spot where our beliefs collide with the truth. If a skeptic attempts to be skeptical concerning the LNC, he still must depend on it to avoid getting hit by a car or tripping over a curb (pedestrian = A, and car = non-A). It is obvious that a skeptic must depend on and presuppose the LNC even in one’s effort to be skeptical regarding its ever-persisting necessity.

“Let this then suffice to show that the firmest belief is that opposite assertions are not true at the same time” (Aristotle: Metaphysics).”

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The firmest principle is a belief in the LNC (not so with Christian Theism; the Triune God is the necessary foundation for the Christian approach) forasmuch as it bears with it the presupposition that the LNC is necessary; a presupposition that is presupposed and required for any venture into human experience.

The Law of Non-Contraction: A Logical and Practical Necessity

“For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first” (Aristotle).

Devoid of the LNC, men could not know anything. One could not demarcate anything within science, philosophy or theology; all distinctions between all particulars would be impossible to draw, and the incapacity of making distinctions would make rational argument impossible. Aristotle noted that the LNC is an obligatory principle of empirical observation, rational inquiry, analysis, and interpretation that men cannot do without…

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