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Naturalism undermines logic

September 8, 2009

Any argument we construct implies…laws (of logic)— the classical ones of identity, noncontradiction and the excluded middle. But that fact does not guarantee the ‘truthfulness’ of these laws in the sense that anything we think or say that obeys them necessarily relates to what is so in the objective, external universe. Moreover, any argument to check the validity of an argument is itself an argument that might be mistaken. When we begin to think like this, we are not far from an infinite regress; our argument chases its tail down the ever-receding corridors of the mind…Naturalism places us as human beings in a box. But for us to have any confidence that our knowing we are in a box is true, we need to stand outside the box or to have some other being outside the box provide us with information (theologians call this “revelation”). But there is nothing or no one outside the box to give us revelation, and we cannot ourselves transcend the box.

James W Sire, THE UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR, p.95-96