If P, then Q, unless of course you are Aristotle’s universal affirmative, at which point all of your P’s are also Q’s, unless only some P’s are Q’s, and this mustn’t be confused with an introduction that permits us to infer a biconditionality from a pair of closed subproofs, one of which assumes P and deduces Q, the other of which assumes Q and deduces P.* Not to be outdone by the truth value of the presupposition of sentence S. (Where’d that letter come from?) That is, unless you have a Boolean Connective…..
I wish I had at least audited Dr. Rouintree’s logic class.
Okay, let’s bring it down more to my level:
If I go to Walmart for groceries and come home with a puppy from the nice woman in the parking lot, and don’t tell my husband, THEN….
If I get a puppy from the nice woman in the Walmart parking lot, and tell my husband, THEN….but that depends on when I tell my husband. Like right before I bring him into the room where I put the puppy…?
Let’s add a Premise C: Walmart puppy, tell my husband, and emphasize to him that the new absolutely adorable addition is FREE, then the logical conclusion should be….
Except that anyone who has ever had a dog, (and a husband), can attest to the falsity of Premise C, in that there is no such thing as a “free” dog, therefore any conclusion with that as a prior assumption is in grave peril.
My life is not always logical.
Thankfully, one needn’t be a scholar to sufficiently understand our God. The Creator of atoms and reason and free Walmart puppies decided that we required more than a little help getting to know Him. In fact, the source document of our faith makes it pretty clear that this Divine Imperative was mandated even before He planted the first Garden. Such revelation deserves a double take, because it was going to mean that He would have to tone down indescribable majesty in a veil of flesh that would suffer horribly on a Roman cross. All in the name of Love.
And that, in itself, just blows all logic clean outta the water. Yet, here’s what He promises:
“When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul…”
That’s even better than Dr. Rouintree’s class, (who would, most assuredly, agree with even my logic on that statement!)
- credit (certainly not mine and probably misquoted from): http://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/120/Glossary.pdf
- Jeremiah 29:13 New English Translation NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. http://netbible.com All rights reserved.