Re: A neat syllogism

Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@uncwil.edu)
Mon, 29 Nov 1999 08:54:57 -0500

My objection to the first syllogism is that it places God in our space-time
when its says that "God created life." God creates life constantly. The laws
that govern the physical universe have no power to create life, God is the
sole possessor of that authority. Since I do not know what to be alive
means, and I think most also do not, I believe this second syllogism is
somewhat restrictive.

Moorad

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>BILL SAIED wrote:
>>
>> I am sending this from my Father-in-laws, so please when you reply,
simply
>> reply to the list.
>>
>> I have a neat syllogism that I want to share with the group. I want to
do
>> it as a game. Preferably I would like anti-evolutionists to play. THere
will
>> be no embarassment, just the joy of seeing a fascinating syllogism when I
am
>> finished. I will lay out two of the premises and ask for agreement or
>> disagreement. Those willing to take a risk and grant or deny acceptance
of
>> these two postulates get to play the game.
>>
>> The two postulates are,
>>
>> 1. God created life
>>
>> 2. Life is defined as a self-replicative system of chemicals. Everything
>> else is non-life.
>>
>> Do you agree or disagree with these two postulates?
>
> Even with a qualification such as "physical life", 2 is problematic.
Defining
>"life" in a way which doesn't include things we don't normally consider
"alive" is
>notoriously difficult. 2 would seem to include crystal growth &
conceivably even stars
>as "life".
>
>George L. Murphy
>gmurphy@raex.com
>http://web.raex.com/~gmurphy/
>
>