The poll below is an interesting one. (The bogus one to the left is only fun, but not interesting.) As I write this post, it is still current, and is available for voting at the upper right of the main blog page.
Which of these is false?
- The Christian God is a self.
- The Christian God is the Trinity.
- The Trinity is not a self.
One option is to vote that none are false, since all are true. As I write this, 27% have picked this option. But this is a poor pick. This “is” here is the “is” of numerical identity throughout. Given this, it is impossible that all three be true; they are demonstrably inconsistent. (The logical form is: 1. g=s, 2. g=t, 3. -(t=s).) At least one must be false.
- If 1 & 2, then not-3. If this God is a self, and is the Trinity, and it must be false that the Trinity is not a self.
- If 1 & 3 then not-2. If God’s a self, and the Trinity isn’t, then it must be false that God just is the Trinity.
- If 2 & 3 then not-1. If God’s the Trinity, but is not a self, then it is false that the Christian God is a self.
Why then do 27% opt for inconsistency (affirming all three)?