Using Aporia in Analytic Theology

Using Aporia in Analytic Theology

/Mu-tien Chiou


if God says, « I am fallible. » (addressed as « f » afterwards) Should we trust Him or not?

Possible Answers:

1. Yes. we trust this claim f, since God’s claim is infallible and always trustworthy.
-> man, see your own contradiction?

2. No, we cannot trust claim f, since He just admits He’s fallible!
-> then you already trust claim f.

3. No, we cannot trust claim f, since by analytic logic God is infallible.
-> then you just accused God of making a fallible claim f, because you trust the abstract logic and not Him.
.
(Now, we are applying the aporetic method.)

4. No, we cannot trust claim f, for if we trust claim f, then claim f itself also becomes a fallible one, so claim f ends up to be an untrustworthy one.

5. Yes, we trust this claim f, since an infallible God supposedly cannot make anything like claim f, thus it is only legitimate to think a fallible God would have made claim f, which then corresponds the truth that a fallible God makes a fallible claim about His fallibility (f).

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Another one: The Bible says « God regrets » in a few places, how to interpret it is a matter to which a plethora of commentaries have been dedicated.

Now since God would regret, « could God regret that He regretted? »

Possible answers:


1. No, for if God regrets that He regretted, then de facto He has regretted nothing. So God regrets NOT.

2. No, for if God regrets that He regretted, then He could regret again, and in that case God would still regret what He has first regretted. So if God ever regrets, He can only regret once, for a God who regrets more than once could regret yet once (pun intended). This means God could not regret that He regretted.

3. No, for by definition God has absolute foreknowledge. « God regrets » is only an anthropomorphic expression.

4. Yes, for He is God, man! God regrets whatever times as He wants to.

5. Yes. But the second regret is different than the first regret. God regretted, and He feels regret that He has to regret something, for He is passionate about that thing, a beloved thing which He would not have regretted if it is not that regrettable. So in this sense God regrets that He regretted.

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