Tuesday, June 27, 2006

thoughts on things taught in church last sunday - part 2 - lehi has great logic

2 Nephi 2:13 "And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away."

"this is perfect logic. my religion teacher at byu told me so."

a quick tangent - a rule of thumb at byu should be if a religion teacher is confident about something, it should be greatly questioned. there is a major problem going on when a professor of theology, religion, and ancient scripture doesn't have any training in theology, religion, nor ancient languages. - ok, back to the point, i'm not trying to diss lehi or his words, i think they are fine in their context. but to say that lehi is offering a perfectly logical arguement for the existence of god is, well, something a religion professor at byu might say.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you in that I don't believe Lehi's intent was to lay out a logical reasoning for the existence of God. Rather, he was outlining logical reasoning behind the nature of this world of opposition.

    Also, remember, Lehi was a Jew from 600 bc - having had no contact with Greek philosophy, from which most of our modern 'logic' is derived. Scholarship shows that Hebrew logic and Greek logic are very different.

    Regarding your sentiments about BYU professors, I cannot speak to that. I've never been there ...


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