• Michael Haldas

Logic


“The crisis in contemporary civilization stems from the conflict between man's rational and non-rational activities and self-transcendence will be the only way to overcome the conflict.” (Andrew J. Sopko, Ph.D)

“People gradually transferred the purpose and meaning of their lives from the internal world to the external—matter became most important, and spirituality stopped being valued. Everything was reduced to the earthly—the heavenly realm stopped attracting eyes and hearts. Machines lord over organic matter. The rational mind exiled contemplation, prayer, and faith from the cultural space, attempting to compromise them. The content of life became unimportant; everyone ran the race to the bottom, chasing after the empty form.” (Ivan Ilyin)

“The devil does not hunt after those who are lost; he hunts after those who are aware, those who are close to God. He takes from them trust in God and begins to afflict them with self-assurance, logic, thinking and criticism. Therefore we should not trust our logical minds. Never believe your thought. Love simply and without thinking too much, like a child with his father. Faith without too much thinking works wonders. The logical mind hinders the grace of God and miracles. Practice patience without judging with the logical mind.” (St. Paisios the New of Mount Athos)

“We dare not reduce all people to mere fleshly machines and the world to mere utilitarian usefulness or, worse yet, personal desires and claimed rights. The clinical mentality of a society that no longer plumbs the depths of story and mystery forsakes communion with God. He transcends our rational abilities and always dwells in mystery…Ultimately, human rationality cannot penetrate the workings of God.” (Father Barnabas Powell, Dynamis 1/14/2019)

“Something almost always happens to startle us during the act of creating, but not unless we let go our adult intellectual control and become as open as little children. This means not to set aside or discard the intellect but to understand that it is not to become a dictator, for when it does we are closed off from revelation.” (Madeleine L'Engle)

"Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called . . . the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor 1:21-25). Only the whole Gospel saves, and this despite our logic and wisdom.” (OCPM 7/26/2017)

“Jesus is so much more than a logical proof. His life is the starting point where our lives can really begin. Perhaps as you read this book, you will discover a more complete picture of Jesus, a transcendent yet personal God who loves and accepts you perfectly, who wants to shape you and give your life deep meaning and purpose. This is the Jesus I want to describe, even if the actions and attitudes of Christ followers have not always represented this to you.” (David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

“Only the whole Gospel saves, and this despite our logic and wisdom.” (Dynamis 7/30/2014)

“Christianity is a way of life, faith and inner life and experience: These are its bases, not necessarily research, intellectual thought, and logic, even though logic and thought are not foreign to the Christian mind….religion is not a merely emotional response but a response that in one way or another is total, involving the whole person, intellect, emotion, and will.” (Father Demetrios J. Constantelos)

“Human Logic should neither be deified or vilified. When deified, as it often is, it results in the continued sin of Eden where human self-will and ingenuity are considered the only true means to solve every world ill. When vilified it reduces belief to nothing more than an emotional response where the ups and downs of emotion and feeling become the barometer of faith. In reality, it is a loving gift and tool from God to better understand God and draw closer to Him. It should support faith not detract from it.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

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