The Church of Rationality

You can believe in whatever you want, but if you want to believe in the truth -- you must be rational.

  "In the absence of compelling reasons to believe, unbelief should be preferred."

Menu:

Main Page

About This Site

Religious Insanity

Ten Commandments

Axioms

Gospel of Reality

Origin of Universe

Evolution

Fallacies

The Bible

Christians Defeat Themselves

Free Will

Is There a God?

Misconceptions

Syllogisms

Self Help

Forum

Resources

Exchange Links

Site Map

 

 

 

 

Syllogisms
 
 
 

Syllogisms

 

"A syllogism consists of three parts: a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion. Each of the premises has one term in common with the conclusion: in the case of the major premise this is the major term, or predicate of the conclusion; in the case of the minor premise it is the minor term, the subject of the conclusion. For example:

Major premise: All men are mortal.
Minor premise: Socrates is a man.
Conclusion: Socrates is mortal.

The order in which the major and minor terms appear in relation to the middle term in the premises is arbitrary.  The conclusion must be in the form of minor term followed by major term."

Major terms are in Red

Minor terms are in Blue

The middle or connecting terms are underlined.

Question: Is the God of the Bible real?

 

Selecting from all fathomable options is what constitutes a decision.

There must be a means for limiting all fathomable options to one.

Means of limiting options is required for decisions.

 

Means of limiting options is required for decisions.

Any decision making agent would need to make decisions.

Any decision making agent must have a means of limiting options.

 

A decision making agent requires a means of limiting options.

Any God is a decision making agent.

Any God requires a means of limiting options.

 

A means of limiting options is required of any God.

Constraints in power is the only means of limiting options.

Constraints in power is required of any God.

 

Constraints in power are required by a God.

The God of the Bible has no constraints in power (he is all powerful)

The God of the Bible cannot be a God.

 

The above syllogistic reasoning reduced to ordinary prose:

A decision is the process of selecting from all options.  In order to make a decision there must be a means of limiting all options to one final choice.  Anything that makes decisions would need to have a means of limiting its choices.  Any God would naturally be a decision making agent, thus any God would require  a means of limiting choices from all options.  Constraints in power is the only way anything can have choice making ability.  Therefore, constrains in power would be required by a God.  However, the God of the Bible is said to have no constrains in power -- he is supposedly all powerful.  Therefore, the God of the Bible cannot be true because he would not have any ability to make decisions.