- If someone claims that God is beyond logic then how do we know he is beyond logic ? (as we lose all the methods to know whether the claim is true or not?)
- Logic is the use and study of valid reasoning, while reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information.Logic, scientific reasoning and observations (or experiences) are the methods which can be helpful comprehend God's nature . Without these methods how God can be intelligible?
It is often argued by supporters of the claim that
- Logic is a part of nature of God.
- Without God, nothing could have existence. God is the basis of all logic in reality and he is in no way inferior to logic. Logic comes from God, not God from logic. But when it comes to how we know things, logic is the basis of all thought, and it must come before any thought about anything, including God
- God possess infinite knowledge and the knowledge of humans is limited to their observations and their ability and capacity to reason.So, what seems superfluous and flawed may be true .
How these properties can be attributed to God if do not have any method (Logic, scientific reasoning and observations) to know if it is true or not?
( I am talking about God of monotheism and henotheism in which God is conceived as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith whose commonly included attributes are omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), omnibenevolence (perfect goodness), divine simplicity, and eternal and necessary existence.)
(The opposition of the above two points) God as supreme being. God governs logic, logic is not governed by God.
Within those who stipulate there is a God, I've seen 2 major approaches to this question:
1) Logic is subservient to God. If God, or one of his representatives says something or behaves a certain way, then it becomes de facto logical, even if it does not follow from normal rules of logic. (My opinion, for what it's worth, is this often leads to "logic" seeming arbitrary instead of being the bedrock for argumentation that it's supposed to be.)
2) God is not simply logical, God fundamentally is logic. This follows in the sense that God is existence itself, love itself, beauty itself, etc. This tradition (which follows from an Aquinas approach to God) would disagree with your statement that "As God possess infinite knowledge, he can break laws of logic."
The approach that this tradition usually takes is to say that we believe based on the evidence at hand that God is logical, but that because God is infinite, we cannot understand all that God does and thus some aspect of it remains a mystery (where "mystery" has a technical meaning).
I would add that the Christian tradition has equated God's reason with the second person of the Trinity ("en arche ein ho logos"). In understanding this question then, most Christian philosophers I've read have pointed to this fact and the corresponding thoughts on the Trinity to understand the different related questions you raised.
If we apply Russell’s theory of (definite) descriptions (“On Denoting” 1905) to the sentence “God is subject to logic”, it can be analysed into a conjunction of the following three:
- there is an x such that x is the creator of the universe: ∃x[CU(x)]
- for any x and y, if x is the creator of the universe and y is the creator of the universe, then x=y (i.e. there is at most one thing which is the creator of the universe): ∀x∀y[[CU(x) & CU(y)] → y=x]
- for every x that is the creator of the universe, x is subject to logic: ∀x[CU(x) → SL(x)]. More briefly put, the claim is that "God is subject to logic" says that some x is such that x is the creator of the universe, and that any y is the creator of the universe only if y = x, and that x is subject to logic: ∃x[CU(x) & ∀y[CU(y) → y=x] & SL(x)]
This is false, since it is not the case that some x is the creator of the universe. (hehe!)
Here comes the ultra metaphysics opponent!
I am sorry I can not with sorry understand what you are saying.
Is God subject to logic? My questions about this claim are 1) If God is beyond logic then how do we know he is beyond logic? 2)Logic is the use and study of valid reasoning,
At 1) You are defining that God is beyond logic so that God is beyond logic. Then when we are asked how do we know he is beyond logic?? I am sorry since you defined as above in the first part of speech that God is beyond logic, there is no way for me to know how he is beyond logic since 1) you defined it yourself so, 2) Logic is human product ( thus, if God is beyond logic, we can not say anything. )
God is the basis of all logic in reality and he is in no way inferior to logic. Logic comes from God, not God from logic. But when it comes to how we know things, logic is the basis of all thought, and it must come before any thought about anything, including God3) As the God is omniscience, he can break laws of logic.
is virtually same. Or rather more correctly saying, you are contradicting yourself. You said at first God is beyond logic. Then how do you think God bestowed men with logic? There should be no connection between God and man if you define so.
And you second question, I am not sure what you mean by valid reasoning.
A young Hegelian's thought about Christianity. ( 1841 )
Man’s notion of himself is his notion of God, just as his notion of God is his notion of himself – the two are identical. What is God to man, that is man’s own spirit, man’s own soul; what is man’s spirit, soul, and heart – that is his God. God is the manifestation of man’s inner nature, his expressed self; religion is the solemn unveiling of man’s hidden treasures, the avowal of his innermost thoughts, the open confession of the secrets of his love.
To Metaphysicians, I recommend you to step down to the earth from the sky! if you would like to talk something about logic. This has been discussed since back in early 19'th! I think you should know.
As a very basic lower bound, I would suggest the following counter questions:
If someone claims that a person is beyond logic then how do we know he is beyond logic ? (as we lose all the methods to know whether the claim is true or not?)
Logic is the use and study of valid reasoning, while reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information.Logic, scientific reasoning and observations (or experiences) are the methods which can be helpful comprehend a person's nature . Without these methods how a person can [sic] be intelligible?
If these questions are not sufficient to expound on the nature of a person, why would one believe it is sufficient to expound on God? Likewise, if it is "mostly true, but there are some catches," is it not reasonable that the lower bound for the answer regarding God is also "mostly true, but there are some catches?"
A related point of discussion would be the logic of "love."
Many of the answers here assume that humans are capable of understanding all logic. Just as I can't explain algebra to my dog, there is assuredly logic that is far beyond what we are capable of understanding. In fact, not only beyond our understanding, but outside what is conveyable by our language (just like the dog example). God is absolutely adhering to and in control of that logic whether it can even be described in human terms or not.
I believe your analysis of "logic" is in error. Logic isn't the study of reasoning as such (which is the domain of Psychology) but rather the study of validity (or equivalently Consequence). Validity isn't constrained by human reasoning, but by the world. We have theories of logic, which we construct in our attempts to process the world and help us to make something intelligible out of what we encounter and observe, but validity itself is something we theorize about and that we latch on to by virtue of our evolutionary adaptation to it, rather than something we as human agents either have as a cognitive tool or as an inherited trait.
God might well be beyond the scope of human reasoning, but that alone isn't sufficient to support the claim that God is beyond logic, which would require the further premise that God is not part of the world.
The Mind is under constant duress to understand the reality it finds itself in. In the attempt, The Mind must contemplate the notion of omnipresence. We must assume 'he' is beyond logic - else we must redefine what God means.
Is the concept of a God logical? Do we have no choice but to ponder whether one must exist?
My problem is not whether God is subject to logic, but whether God is subject to time.
My mind must believe that he must be - lest my reality break down.
According to Richard Swinburne's paper "Omnipotence , God is omnipotent but he has limited his omnipotence in such a way that he can do anything that's possible according to his nature.J L Mackie in his paper Evil and Omnipotence  attempts to resolve the issue by by distinguishing between first-order omnipotence (unlimited power to act) and second-order omnipotence (unlimited power to determine what powers to act things shall have).An omnipotent being with both first and second-order omnipotence at a particular time might restrict its own power to act.For instance,
- Can God lie?(If he lies he is not omnibenevolent , If he does not then he is not omnipotent) Yes.
- Will he? No.
- Why? It is not possible according to his nature.
Likewise,God is beyond logic but he binds himself by causal or logical laws.So, God has made him subject to logic by restricting his omnipotence.(God's omnipotence must in any case be restricted in one way or another, that unqualified omnipotence cannot be ascribed to any being that continues through time)  (http://www.ditext.com/mackie/evil.html)
To answer the question, one has to make distinction between human logic and Divine Logic.
If the question is - is God subject to human logic? The answer is no.
If the question is - is God subject to Divine Logic? The answer is yes.
Divine Logic is God's Nature. Human logic is what we use to try to understand (give/find meaning to) God and His creation.
The best analogy I can come up with is my children and I. There has been a number of times when my children have thought that I was acting illogically. However, this was the result of their limited experience and knowledge of the situation. Similarly, we might think that God is acting illogically (as we understand the situation). However, from the point of view of Divine Logic, it is perfectly logical, but because of our limited knowledge, we don't "see" it. So we conclude that God is not subject to logic!
God is beyond logic.
Everybody might have heard/experienced the under mentioned emotions/feelings/words. These are illustrative but not exhaustive.
Every rational human being with reasonable exposure to the society around him/her might have experienced the above mentioned feelings at one stage or other of his/her life.
My questions : is it possible to explain
A) For any rational human being, who had experienced one or combination of two or more feelings mentioned above, in words or make understand another person, who have no firsthand experience of that feelings, how the emotion/feeling look like, effects his/her personality?
B) Why a particular person driven by compassion towards human beings, will leave behind his/her riches/fame/position (like Buddha) , works for upliftment of society, living on bare necessities?
C) What is the cruelty that provoked a dictator to butcher thousands of fellow humans?
It is not possible because it is feeling and an ABSTRACT thing. And, it is intangible and cannot be explained in words.
The feeling is a force/energy that can either positive or negative. There are many visible and invisible forces working in this world.
The known and unknown feelings/forces put together will be known as GOD. And, it is also an ABSTRACT thing.
It can neither be explained in words nor evidenced by personal experiences of other people.
The God can only be experienced, because HE is within everything, but remains untouched by anything and BEYOND everything.
I think that you have to define God before you can determine if logic applies to him/her/it/them, then the answer might become self-evident.
For example, if Stargate, Ancient Aliens, or the like tell us anything, "God" is just a metaphor for beings from another world with science sufficiently advanced that the people of the time did not understand it in the slightest.
However, if God is an omnipresent, omniscient, powerful being similar to the nano robots in the TV show Revolution, you have a different set of circumstances. Wiki on the show
If God is a truely divine being, and we can use the description given when Tanis, Hal-Elven stand before Takhisis the Evil Dragon Godess, where he is overcome by her divinity and worships her even though he hates her and has been trying for several books to try to kill her and prevent her plans from coming to fruition. This is a reference to the War of the Lance series of the Dragonlance books by Margert Weis and Tracy Hickman. Wiki article on the War of the Lance
In the examples I have given, logic would apply to all of the gods referenced. It would be a strange phenomenon indeed if logic did not apply to a supreme being. Probably the embodiment of chaos.
Logic is formal by essence, it does operate on what is compliant with its span. In other words, Logic can only be functional when its apprehended subject is a true concept, one that could be somewhat formalized. I don't see how you could formalize the notion of God, which, however much you might be able to ascribe attributs to it, seems to be out of linguistic scope. Considering you regard God as that "[...] of monotheism and henotheism in which God is conceived as the Supreme Being", then you probably know that all above "religious" frameworks refrein from formalizing God.
Is God subject to logic?
Is a question that equats "is the number One (written as "1") subject to political discourse". You'll be able to find an angle to adress this question, but it would be of no real interest. It is not to discharge your question from any interest - if your aim is conversation and intelligence. However, once you evoque Logic, you evoque Language. Once you evoque Language: your very definition of God pervents your from advancing.
This is probably a somewhat over-stretched way of stating the following : God is not subject to Logic, neither is Logic subject to God.
Thanks for the question, great day/evening to you :) !
The Laws of Thought
Laws of Identity, Non-Contradiction, Excluded Middle Something is what it is, and it is not what it is not, and it is not neither or both: what it is and what it is not.
Let: X be:
(i) Something (X): i.e., a ‘thing’ (i.e., an object of thought)
(ii) A proposition (X): a declarative statement capable of being either true or false.
(iii) A thought X (itself): a thought about an ‘object of thought’: ex., a belief or affirmation that a given proposition X is true.
Let: X: = something or a ‘thing’ or anything (i.e. some thing)
Then: ~X: = nothing or not a thing or not any thing (i.e., no thing)
**The Laws of Thought** Something is what it is [LI], and it is not what it is not [LI] and it is not neither [LEM] or both [LNC]: what it is (X) and what it is not (~X).
LI: = Law of Identity = [X = X]
LNC: = Law of Non-Contradiction = ~ [X & ~X]
LEM: = Law of Excluded Middle = [X V ~X]
LI: = Something is what it is, and it is not what it is not.
LNC: = Something is not both what it is and what it is not.
LEM: = Something is not neither what it is nor what it is not.
Therefore, the laws of thought can be summarized as:
LI: = Identity = Something (X) is what it is (X), and it is not (~) what it is not (~X).
LNC: = Non-Contradiction = Something (X) cannot be both what it is (X) and what it is not (~X); that is, nothing (i.e., no thing) can both be what it is (X) and not be what it is (X).
LEM: = Excluded Middle = Something (X) either is or is not (what it is: X), and it cannot be neither what it is nor what it is not. In other words, something must either be or not be, and it cannot neither be nor not be: nothing can neither be nor not be.
**The Laws of Thought Applied to Propositions**
Let: X: = a proposition; then ~X = the negation (“not” operation) of X.
**The Law of Identity: (X = X) & (X =|= ~X)**
[LI]: A proposition X is identical to and implies itself and is not identical to and does not imply its negation ~X:
**The Law of Non-Contradiction (LNC): ~ (X & ~X)**
[LNC]: A proposition X and its negation ~X cannot both be true.
LNC can be restated as the joint affirmation of contradictories (X, ~X) is denied, since this constitutes a contradiction, and LNC states contradictions cannot be.
That is, a proposition X cannot be both true and false (simultaneously, at the same time, in the same sense): no proposition can both be true and not be true (i.e., be false):
The Law of Excluded Middle: X V ~X, where V = inclusive disjunction (“or”)
Either a proposition X is true or its negation ~X is true. The former statement of LEM can be recast in the form: Either X is true, or X is not true (i.e. false);
that is, X is either true or false.
Note however, that in LEM, the “or” operator is an inclusive disjunction.
- LEM can be reformulated as follows:
- A proposition X and its negation ~X cannot both be false together;
- It cannot be the case that neither X is true nor ~X is true, at least
one of the two (X, ~X) must be true, including the option in which
both X and ~X are both true together, but excluding the option in
which both X and ~X are both false together.
Therefore, LEM can be restated as the joint denial of contradictories is denied!
***Questions to reddit:***
- Can god be so defined as to violate the laws of thought, also called "logical absolutes"?
- Is such a god logically possible, or is it a necessary falsehood (falsum) that god exists in some possible world?
- Can one logically exclude the possibility of god's existence if god creates logically impossible things, such a pen which is not a pen, or a pen that is both a pen and not a pen, or a pen that neither is a pen not is not a pen?
- Are the laws of thought logical absolutes?
- If so, in what sense are they absolute (logically)?
- Can god violate the logical absolutes?
- If so, can such a god be ruled out of existence?