Re: The Thomas Trap

Robin Mandell (
Fri, 20 Nov 1998 18:50:46 -0600

> An interesting analogy. Torrance has cited it to, but to the opposite

>Kant thought that Euclidean geometry was an a priori notion & that we
have to see the

>world as Euclidean. The development of non-Euclidean geometries &
Einstein's use of

>them to gain greater understanding of the physical world showed that
Kant was wrong - &

>not only about Euclid. We must try to understand the world in the way
in which it

>actually is given to us, not in terms of presuppositions formed before
we look at the


> & the point Torrance has made is that the same is true of God and God's

>relationship with the world. A notion of God based on a supposed
natural or

>inherent knowledge of God is likely to be as misleading as an a priori
assumption of

>Euclidean geometry.

<italic>It is possible and scripture hints that in this case the inherent
knowledge is placed in a human by the creator.Not so with geometry.Would
not that make it different.