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   Science, and well as life experiences, often present a challenge to (normal) logic and reason. New physics presents some help, by appealing to extra-dimensionality. Astrophysicist/Bible teacher Hugh Ross, in his Beyond the Cosmos¹ identifies 3 terms that are important in understanding certain problems in reconciling science with Biblical theology.

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   We introduced them in the last post. If you go through the DOOR we’ll take you to the next step in understanding logically using a more fine-tuned meanings of paradox and antinomy.

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   According to Ross’s defining,

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Contradiction:  a direct and unresolvable opposition between two statements, laws or principles to both be true at the same time, in the same location, and in the same context. For example, the people in Jerusalem at one instant concluding that Jesus was not the Messiah because they knew where He came from and at another instant concluding that was not the Messiah because they did not know where He came from. [No reconciling this]²

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Antinomy:  opposition or a contradiction between statements, laws, or principles that seem equally logical, reasonable, or necessary. For example, the Puritan conclusion that both human free will and divine predestination are undeniably true and yet are undeniably contradictory. [No logically reconciling this]

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Paradox:  a direct but resolvable contradiction–not obvious at first–where something that seems like a logical contradiction, but at least has the possibility of resolution when examined in all possibly existing time, space, and contextual frames of reference. For example, a man aging only 30 years as he makes a round trip to the Andromeda galaxy while back home the earth would experience of the passing of 4,000,000 years. [This can be defended logically.] 

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   This is small portion of one of our favorite books, a volume that takes into account the increasing information we’re learning from science that helps modern people understand the trustworthiness  of reason, logic, and the Bible–again looked at by fresh eyes.

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   ¹ Hugh Ross, Beyond the Cosmos (Navpress, 1996) Chapter 3, pp.63-71

   ² These 3 definitions have been slightly modified, colored, boldfaced, and italicized by us.