Logic was highly valued in my seminary education. It’s the science of reasoning or deductive thinking.
St. Thomas Aquinas was very logical in his writings and you may remember his five proofs for the existence of God using Logic. Believe it or not, but I had to memorize them in Latin! Do you remember them? Here they are: 1) the unmoved mover, 2) the first cause, 3) the argument from contingency, 4) the argument from degree, 5) the argument from design.
The syllogism is a big part of Logic and classically shows how to draw correct conclusions. This is an example: “God loves all people, Catholics are people, God loves Catholics”.
Of course we learned about false logic too, about never moving from the particular to the general and avoiding “ad hominum arguments” in which the person is put down instead of what they are saying.
I often think that logic and reason are not valued enough. Haven’t we all heard people tell us some story about themselves adding – “I know it doesn’t make sense but that is what I did”! It seems we can think logically but then not let it influence our behavior.
Here’s another one. “I can’t afford it, but I am going to buy it anyway”. The thinking can be logical but the resulting action illogical. I guess, in this world that has gone mad, I am appealing for sanity, reason and logic.
“God loves logical people, you are logical, God loves you”.
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