Rationally laying irrationality to rest!

Gladwin Joseph (josephg@ccmail.orst.edu)
Fri, 14 Mar 1997 00:36:00 -0800

Gladwin Joseph wrote:
> Examples of apparent irrationality: <snip>
> 2) The scandal of the Cross is irrational from a human
> perspective. To suggest that a Galilean jew crucified on a
> common Roman cross is the Redemption of the world is "utter
> foolishness"(irrational) to the world. He alone can lift the
> veil that we may see as He sees, live as He lives. <snip>
George Murphy wrote:
Yes, & in a basic sense it (with God's related crosslike acts)
is the _only_ scandal we ought to allow. It is "foolishness to the
Greeks". But I'm not sure irrational is the right term. The cross
makes no sense if you start with prior assumptions about God & then try
to make the cross fit. What we have to do is _start_ from the cross &
the belief that there God is revealed.
As far as construction of a logical system is concerned, a
postulate or axiom - as long as it doesn't contradict another postulate
or axiom - can be freely chosen. It can't be irrational.

Thanks George and the others. I stand corrected. Therefore
by definition Christianity is rational and supra-rational
(or transcends rationality) but is NOT irrational nor
apparently irrational. I guess if i understand you all
right, in order to fairly judge the consistency of any
epistemological system one has to judge it based on its own


Gladwin Joseph
"GOD IS so we are"