Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Faith and hope in logic

Recently I was listening to Ravi Zacharias try to explain the Trinity and the hypostatic union to some college students at Cornell. RZ had earlier refuted a “both/and” wordview prevalent in eastern religion by citing the ‘rule of non-contradiction,’ that is ‘something cannot both be ‘X’ and ‘not X’ at the same time. One student asked RZ how that applied to the idea that God is 3 in 1 and how it applied to the idea that Christ was fully God and fully man.

RZ basically said that in regards to Christ you never see him operating as both God and man at the same time, so there was no violation of the law of non-contradiction. And with the Trinity, he said that because there was a hierarchy (Father, then Son, then Holy Ghost) that again, no non-contradiction.

The student was not satisfied. RZ then said that the student had used up his one question and that there were numerous journal articles he could refer to if he’d like to know more.

How satisfying was this answer? How could the question have been answered differently?

1 comment:

-Dave said...

So when Jesus performed divine miracles, he ceased to be a man in the flesh? Or was it the Father that performed every miracle, as Jesus prayed for it?

I am not satisfied with the answer. I'm also not sure how to improve it.