Friday, August 20, 2010

For Dan Phillips

By popular demand. Since we're both fans of Justin Taylor, I thought this might be appropriate. Here you go.

Earlier this week, Justin linked to an article based on the logical proposition that calling something by a different name doesn't change what it is. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it so, etc.

Several weeks ago, he linked to the Poythress article on modern spiritual gifts, calling it the best essay on the topic ever. (For DJP's evisceration of that essay, see here, here, here, and here.)

So did you notice how the logic of the former completely destroys the main premise of the latter? Fun.

6 comments:

DJP said...

See now? I think this is exactly what your daughter is talking about. I know I saw the first Taylor post, I think I saw the second — and I didn't make that connection.

Do one of these every day, or even every other day, or weekdays, or odd-numbered days with an "n" or whatever, and you'll really be making a Trogdorian contribution.

Stan McCullars said...

Good point!

It seems so easy even a ...

Oh, nevermind.

trogdor said...

Dan, if you had just waited a few weeks, you could have saved yourself several thousand words. Granted, that would have required some form of prescience. Something analogous to prophecy...

Jugulum said...

Poythress's article, which focused on the substance of what exactly the modern "intuitive" phenomena are, in order to argue that they meet the NT definition of "spiritual gift" regardless of whether they meet the NT definition of "prophecy"?

Sounds like the two articles apply the same premise.

Robert said...

Thanks for putting this together, trogdor. It is amazing to me how people from the outside can piece together people's thoughts for them and come to a logical conclusion. I feel that all too often people say and/or write things without thinking about the implications of their words. That is why I usually read through lessons I plan for Sunday school with my wife...she helps me to take a broader look at things and I know that God works through her to keep me humble.

trogdor said...

I can't tell you how many times I've started to write something, caught myself self-contradicting, and stopped to re-think my positions. This is totally not to rag on Justin Taylor - who is already a more accomplished thinker and writer than I'm ever likely to be - it's just the sort of thing that can happen to anyone.

Robert is dead on. It certainly helps to run things through with someone (preferably someone with a good memory), and figure out if you're contradicting something you've already taught. We can't see our own blind spots - otherwise, the wouldn't be blind spots, I guess.