Perfection, Rationalism, and God

Perfect:

  1. We can conceive of something as not being perfect, therefore perfect must exist.
  2. God is the concept of He who is absolutely perfect. Who or what can be more perfect than God? Our ability to simply perceive of perfection, given its nonexistence in the universe, implies something outside of our material universe that is fully perfect.
  3. How can we have an understanding of perfect if we cannot find and observe perfect in the material universe? (i.e. we can perceive of a perfect square, but nowhere in the material universe can we find this perfect square. i.e. we can perceive of the perfect concept of 0, but nowhere can we find nothingness. Even thinking of nothing involves something, namely thought or an idea).

Rationalism:

  1. “If irrationalism is true, then there is such a thing as truth, which means that irrationalism is false.” (J. Frame).
  2. If rationalism is true, then there must be something that is perfectly rational that we can judge all other things as either rational or irrational (an absence of rationalism).
  3. Any variation from this perfect rationalism is not existent in and of itself (such as irrationalism), but is a illusion or manipulation of rationalism (i.e. cold and darkness do not exist in and of themselves, but are absences of heat and light). Something is irrational because it does not adhere to the standard of perfect rationalism, not because it adheres to a standard of irrational.
  4. Irrational is parracidic on Rational, as cold is parracidic [dependent] on heat. Heat can exist without cold (perfect heat), however cold cannot exist without heat (as an absence of heat is nothingness, and nothingness cannot exists by its very nature). But again, how is it we can even ponder there existing perfect heat, or perfect rationalism?

Will

  1. God is perfect and rational (by how we define God). What then separates God from merely the perfect concept of heat, or any other perfect ideas [i.e., what makes him the source of perfect ideas, and not simply another perfect idea]? God has perfect Will.
  2. God then is perfect, rational, and contains absolute will.

If we can rationally conceive of perfect without having observed perfection in the natural universe, and if we cannot say irrationalism is true as to do so would be to state an irrational truth, then rationalism must exist in a perfect form. However, rational absolutes do not exist in and of themselves because they would have no source for creation/being. Where would they come from?

Therefore, there must exist a Perfect Rational Being, whose outside of time and its laws, and whose perfect Will is perfectly satisfactory for Willing itself. An all-rational all-powerful perfect being is fully satisfactory as its own source for being. How?

Nothing greater than perfection and rationalism can exist, so it makes perfect sense that it would be the necessity for itself. To argue something greater than reason or perfection exists is to create something outside of perfection which is irrational. We can ask where perfect rational concepts come from (such as heat), as it does not contain within itself a reason for its existence, however we cannot ask where did God come from, because to do so is to ask for something greater than an All-Perfect All-Reasonable Willful being.

This all argues towards exclusivity in the understanding of an all-powerful perfect Creator, in whose perfect Will and Reason we find the existence for rationalism and conceptions of perfect, in addition to all that is necessary to understand his existence (nothing of greater will and perfection can exist outside of an already perfect God, so God satisfies His reason for existing via a perfect Will). Add to this a personality, and a desire to be imminent in our world, and we begin to understand why this fits the figure of the Christian God.

When we speak of Revelation, or the Word of God, we are discussing His perfect Reason and Will made evident within written works that man can approach. When we stress then authority of Scripture, we are stressing the revelation of a Perfect Will and Reason in which we may judge all things. It provides/reveals to us perfection and reason, thus making their treatments possible. To conceive of perfection and rationalism as being revealed from an outside All-Powerful All-Rational All-Willful source makes sense in our understanding of where they come from. Better yet, they may be used as the ruler/standard to weigh what is true and rational.

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One thought on “Perfection, Rationalism, and God

  1. This is basically a rerun of St. Anselms (1033-1109)proof of the existence of God, a fallacy -albeit a very beautiful one- based on the confusion of language with reality.

    We can think of loads of concepts that do not exist in reality. The square root of minus one, Pegasus, square circles, Euclid’s infinity of primes…

    The only thing it proves is that we have a fairly unlimited capacity for coming up with concepts.

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