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  • God and Logic: Proof, Rationality and Theism on March 21, 2012
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    God and Logic Proof, Rationality and Theism By Mike A. Robinson 5 Stars Review by Alan Steven Kessler March 14, 2012 In a non-biblical genesis, human logic and rationality, rejecting the spiritual and immaterial, have created the modern world. But what if this logic is based on empirical observations that are flawed? If human intellect is incapable, by itself, of possessing true knowledge can we trust it to define and shape our destiny? In his book, God and Logic: Proof, Rationality and Theism, the author, Mike A. Robinson, asserts that to guide us logic and reason must be grounded on a universal truth uncorrupted by human misconceptions distorting reality. This perfect, ultimate truth originates in the mind of God who by expressing it through the immutable laws of nature forms our world and the cosmos. Throughout his narrative, Robinson, the Apologetic, uses logic in brilliant and concise arguments to prove God’s existence. Rather than rely on faith alone, “I believe in God because I believe,” the author opens the reader’s mind to the Eternal by engaging his intellect with logical and rational reasons why he should believe. Robinson confronts secularism on its own turf; he uses rationality to bring forth the spiritual. Robinson’s logic is defined by him as “…immutable, non-material and universal…” and can only exist if there is a God who is also universal and eternal, natural laws reflecting the way God has created the universe. For Robinson there is no conflict between the rational, fact seeking structure of scientific inquiry and religious thought, but there is an important caveat. Logic requires rationality but only through scripture and revelation does it become unflawed Truth. In God and Logic Robinson cites, with approval, Alvin Plantinga’s assertion in Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism that Darwinism is compatible with theism and theistic religion. But just as logic, for Robinson, requires a biblical foundation, Darwinism must also have, at its center, God as its Prime Mover. Robinson rejects unguarded Darwinian theory, the idea presented in Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker of “…an unconscious automatic process [that] has no purpose…no vision, no foresight…no sight at all.” In a precise yet eloquent statement, Robinson states in his book that “…there are things that transcend the material world.” If there is a blind watchmaker or no watchmaker at all, why, we may ask, are there rules of logic, nature, or any rules at all? Gravity? If we drop a shattered vase why don’t the pieces fall upward and reassemble? Robinson asks a similar question: why should 1 + 1= 2? If the universe formed out of chaos with no guiding, central hand or purpose why isn’t the universe chaotic? How can randomness create order? If the answer is that time—given enough of it--is the creator, not God, then logically, a musician playing an eternity of random notes will create a symphony. Robinson’s logic rejects this absurdity. God and Logic is brilliant writing about the connection between logic and religion. In pre-modern times religion and logos existed as separate spheres, rationality building the stone works of empires, religion defining the purpose of life. Modernity has brought into its temples of steel and glass the money lenders while casting out into the peripheral wasteland of its culture the religious who know, according to Robinson “…that we live in a world God has created…” There is a spiritual emptiness at the center of our material world. A new vacuum cleaner or trip to Disneyland won’t explain the fundamental question of why we exist. In his book, Robinson’s work of breathtaking scope and intelligence, the author asks that we use our mind, intellect, and reason and through scripture find the God whose revealed Self will replace our loneliness and isolation with His love. A book ill suited for discussion at a cocktail party, Robinson’s God and Logic is prose of the highest intellectual quality requiring careful thought and analysis by even those who believe human life a bio-mass driven by biological imperatives and nothing more than the sum of its soulless parts. Why then, Robinson might ask,the atheist, do we sing and dance and mourn? How can a material world create the immaterial? According to the tenets in his book he would answer that from the particular there is the whole, from the whole, God, the atoms His creation. To conclude otherwise defies logic.
  • God and Logic: Proof, Rationality and Theism on March 29, 2012
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    God and Logic Proof, Rationality and Theism by Mike A. Robinson Reviewed by Alan Steven Kessler