We study the world that we may understand Scripture, and Scripture teaches us to truly read the world. Is this a conflict of principle or a vicious circle? No, it is the ordinary course of human learning elevated to a glorious pitch. God is pleased to use the things of His creation as a tutor unto … Continue reading On Christian Doctrine: The Rule of Scripture and Knowledge of the Profane
Words are not first to little children, but sound. They are thrust, in media res, into a world of sounds. But those sounds they hear spoken by men and women are actually words, though the child does not experience them as such. Yet the cause and reason a child is hearing sound is that adults are … Continue reading Words vs. Sounds: Elements or Wholes?
In Book VII of his Elements Euclid sets forth the following: Any composite number is measured by some prime number. Elements, Book VII, Pr.31 By appealing to the impossibility of an infinite regress of natural numbers, his demonstration takes the form of a reductio ad absurdum. (For the proposition, scroll to the bottom of this post) … Continue reading Euclid on Prime Numbers