Axis Austin wrote:
Growing up as a Christian, I thought God could do anything, including the logically impossible. Once I became a competent philosopher I concluded, as I think most would, that God cannot make square circles. Further, I don't think it is just philosophers who've realized this, but most Christians as well. But isn't the idea of the Holy Trinity, the idea that God is both WHOLLY one and WHOLLY separate, logically impossible? Yet most Christians believe in this, and I personally have not come up with a satisfactory answer for myself. Any thoughts?:perplexed:
The sort of idea that you're describing, namely, a certain kind of objective duality--a thing is both at the same time
one thing and another thing--has come up in human thought quite often. The Hindu Trimurti, that Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu, above all other gods are the greatest aspects of Brahman, features many aspects similar to the Trinity (and in fact I have used this equivocation to try and persuade radical evangelicals to get their heads around the concept of continuing validity of enduring traditions); again in Hinduism, that the Brahman is at one and the same time
the entirety of Life, the Universe, and Everything (although that's just a finger pointing at the moon) and
the most intimate and central part of you, the atman
or self or soul; in quantum mechanics, consider the nature of light, at one and the same time
both waves and particles. The point being, just because something may seem illogical on the surface doesn't mean there isn't a deeper logic underlying it.