Fun with Logic: A Logical Proof that God is Dead
Philosopher Victor Reppert of Dangerous Idea has used logic to establish that God is dead in a post entitled "A proof that Bill Clinton was right, or was it Nietzsche?" Here is his logic:
1. God is Love.
2. Love is Blind.
3. Ray Charles is Blind.
4. Ray Charles is God.
To which we can now add the Nietzschean addendum
5. Therefore God is dead.
Obviously, this is tongue in cheek. Prof. Reppert is the author of C.S. Lewis' Dangerous Idea -- a book that one of the CADRE's favorite atheists, Richard Carrier, has attacked in a response that was longer than the original book. (Fortunately, Prof. Reppert is taking the time to respond to Mr. Carrier and part I of his response can be found here.) But it is interesting to note how he has managed to warp the logic in a syllogism to have it seem legitimate even though it obviously is not.
All Christians need to keep in mind that logic is an essential tool for the apologist and works in favor of God's existence when properly used. Prof. Reppert's post helps to remind us that a logical argument can look good, but still be fatally flawed. As stated by Prof. Reppert, "You can prove almost anything, so long as the meanings of words can be manipulated!"