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Christianity and Logic

The other night I was chatting with one of the students from KBC about the topic of logic. We talked about it for a good 45 minutes and after we got through I sat down and typed some questions out about it out. I decided to post it on the sermonindex.net forum to gather others opinions and thoughts about the matter. This is a fairly large topic to cover and the questions I have posed are semi-vague and inter-related for a reason. If you would like to read it, think about it, and perhaps respond to some of the questions, you can click here for the sermonindex.net link or read below:

Logic and Christianity

I keep hearing this term “logic” pop up among some of the brothers I am around, often times in the context of creating a systematic theology- and sometimes in context of establishing Biblical truth that is in line with what they consider to be logic. So, as Ive merely scratched the surface of this, my bit of pondering came up with more questions than answers. Please help me understand some of these things!

Before I ask the questions I want to establish a semi-loose definition of the term logic. Here it is: “the holding of a specific bit of knowledge (science) that finds itself being utilized to create, confirm or justify a belief, conclusion or action” (if you have a better definition, please write it out)

With that being established, here’s some of my questions:

a. Are there any Biblical synonyms for the word logic, or is this solely a stand-alone secular definition and word?

b. What is to be the role of logic in a believers life, especially as it pertains to making decisions?

c. How much does logic play a role in the building of fleshly pride?

d. How do logic and faith interact, if they do at all?

e. Where does logic fit into Christianity?

f. What is God’s heart towards logic?

g. As a believer who knows God’s Word, how do you decipher between the leading of God’s Spirit and the leading of logic (consider what Acts said: “it seemed good to us and the Holy Spirit”)?

I know this is probably a loaded topic, but I would appreciate any stabs at it! Thanks, Chris

Also, keep in mind Hebrews 11:1-6, and the statement: “we walk by faith and not by sight”.

About the Author
Emily first came out to KBC as a student, and after graduating in 2016, was offered a position on staff working in the Administration Department. She is currently serving under the Academic Dean. She has been here at the college for 2 years handling student affairs, college finances, and tuition and fees.
  1. Paul Stephens Reply

    Good questions Chris.

    a. I don’t think their are any synonyms in the word. I kind of mesh logic and Faith together. Faith has substance and evidence according to Heb 11 which means it is real and rational and “logical”. I guess Faith is logical is a way to define it but I don’t thinkt heir are any synonyms.

    b. logic should play a pretty substantial role in a believers life. We are told to live wisely and I think that living wisely has the effect of making logical decisions. For instance its not logical for me to burn all my money, their is no point for it and nothing to base that off of, it would just show that I’m a fool. But Spending time with God is logical in the sense that I know I’m investing in my relationship with Him.

    c. I think just as much as building humility in a believer. The difference between pride and Humility isn’t whether its logical or not, the difference is the intent of the individuals heart. It’s logical to conclude that Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, the stats back that up. Michael Jordan can take that same logic and proclaim “I am one of the greatest basketball players ever” and it would be totally true and logical based on the stats. What determines whether he states that in humility or pride is the intent of his heart.

    d. Logic and faith interact nicely. I don’t beleive Jesus ever is frustrated if we don’t beleive something that is illogical. Everyone throughout history takes jabs at Thomas by calling him “Doubting Thomas”, but the one guy who never did was Jesus. Thomas at the time thought it was illogical to beleive Jesus rose from the dead so he proclaims that he won’t beleive until he can put his finger in the wounds. Jesus never gets mad, to the contrary, he actually honors this request and shows up and has Thomas do it.

    e. Logic is what seperates Christianity from all other world views. Mormans, Atheist, Muslims don’t beleive what they do for various reasons but I think we can conclude its not because their views are logical. Christianity has stood up to every form of criticism, but these other beliefs are followed blindly by wishfulness, not by faith. One of the reasons I gave my life to jesus was because it was so logical and rational once it was presented to me. It answered all the questions I had about life that nothing else was able to answer, because nothing else was logical.

    f. I believe that Gods’ heart toward logic is that he created it and instilled it in us to use and to help lead us to the truth that can set us free. Now adays logic doesn’t have much value, the world is all about does it “feel” right instead of is it logical. If God didn’t care about logic then Jesus wouldn’t of cared to fulfill all those prophecys to logically show that he was the Messiah. Without logic any body could claim to be the Messiah and we would have no reason not to beleive them.

    g. I think God works in both. Logic is there, and we are told to walk wisely but GOd also commands us to not lean on our own understanding but in all of our ways to acknowledge him. He tells us to do things that don’t seem that logical. Most the time I think God works inside logic but when he tells us to do somthing that isn’t then we must obey Him because His ways are above our ways, I personally think that means his Logic behind things.

    We don’t walk by faith and not by sight, but that faith is not a blind faith, it is a faith that is build on logic.

  2. Bobby Schutz Reply

    Great questions and replies! There are a number of things that come to mind. Ravi zacharias tells a neat story about the types of logic. The both and , or the either or type. The law of non- contradiction and so forth. The other thing that comes to mind is that Jesus dying on the cross seems very illogical to unbelievers. But to believers it seems very logical. Truth and logic and how they work together?

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