Series on Logic Part Four – Excluded Middle

Today, dear friends, we’re going to discuss the third law of Logic, the law of the excluded middle. This law specifies that something is either true or false, A or non-A, you’ll hear this often in things like ‘either God exists or He doesn’t’. Some would suggest that there’s a third option, that it’s unknown whether something is true or false. Obviously, just because something is unknown does not negate the truth of this law, whether known or unknown all propositions are either true or false.

This is where logic can help our apologetics, particularly when dealing with those who claim God can not be known. It’s really an arbitrary claim meant to give those who would prefer not to be under moral accountability a way out. Simply restating the laws of logic when they’re being neglected in a discussion can help bring clarity. When we graciously, lovingly, point to logic in our attempts to evangelize, it must always be out of concern for the lost and not to win an argument. Are goal is never to win arguments, but to win souls.

This particular law of logic seems to be the easiest one to understand, but very difficult in our ‘relative’ culture to explain. Next Friday we’ll begin to review logical fallacies, starting with the most common in regards to apologetics. I pray these short discussions help you all to be bolder in your proclamation of the Gospel. This morning my husband lost another patient, a young teenager. None of us are promised tomorrow, each day over 150,000 people die, young and old alike. We need to reach the lost, as our sister in Christ BC said the other day, our time is short. So be good Berean’s, beloved brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.