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Dec 15, 2002 12:20 PM

by Steve Stubbs " <stevestubbs@yahoo.com>

--- In theos-talk@yahoogroups.com, Larry F Kolts <llkingston2@j...> wrote: > I find Latter-day Saints to be no less logical than any other Christian > religion. Iy is probably true that "illogical" would not be an appropriate word. If I remember correctly., opne aspect of Goedel's Proof is that any systsm of ideas must begin with an assumption which cannot be proved logically. Thus Euclidean geometry begins with the intuitive assumption that parallel lines never meet. If we accept that assumption, then the rest of Euclid's geometry can be derived logically. if, as Riemann did, you reject that assumption you end up with a non-Euclidean geometry which is internally consistent and more useful in dealing with problems in modern physics. If one begins with the assumption that some set of sacred scriptures contains inerrant truth, then proceeds to aggressively filter out of awarenes the plain fact that said scripture constantly contradicts itself and common sense, then one can work out an interpretation with impeccable logic that might not appeal to someone who questions the fundamental assumption. Interestingly., there is a form of investigation 9n which the falidity of the system is not important. If you were to do a scholarly study of Aristotle, the act that some of his ideas are considered unscientific today would not impact an effort to find out what he thought. In other words, you would not have to believe in his celestial spheres to discuss the theories in his book DE CAELO.

**References**:**Mormonism***From:*Larry F Kolts <llkingston2@juno.com>

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