Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Logos

The Evangelist says that God is love. I saw an episode of Oprah once where she reasoned
If God is love, then Love is god.
I thought it was pretty funny. And false.

I am in the middle of a large, self-structured reading campaign. My present project is W. V. O. Quine's Methods of Logic. I got to thinking this morning about something else The Evangelist says: God is logic ("logos" gets translated into our English "word"). There is a lot of cultural and textual context to this verse, but my simple reflection this morning is as follows:

When I am studying logic, I am studying God's nature.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that I am asserting that logic is God. Or that logic represents the full spectrum of God's nature. Love doesn't either. But both consist in God.


  1. all this talk reminds me of this book i read in my metaphysics class by francis suarez, "on the various kinds of distinctions". one of the distinctions he makes is that of the mind, mental distinctions, which is when the whole reality of a thing is not adequately represented and instead divided. with God, this means that we separate His qualities so that we can understand Him, even though in reality His nature is one and not actually divided. no one attribute of His adequately expresses His nature except in accordance with the rest. Suarez says: "Thus in God we distinguish His justice from His mercy, because we do not conceive the sublimely simple virtue of God as it is in itself and according to the full range of its energy". anyway. it's a really small book, about 70 pages. you should read it.

  2. Thanks, I will put it on my reading list!


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