Friday, February 7, 2014

Mathematician Dr. James Grime on Zeno's Paradox

Paradox does not exist purely in theology or philosophy; It's also found in mathematics and physics, often where infinity is concerned. The paradoxes of an ancient philosopher named Zeno are good examples of this.

Below, from the YouTube channel "Numberphile," is a good mathematical explanation of Zeno's paradoxes. (Not to mention we get to hear "tor-toise" pronounced phonetically.) At 6:07, Dr. Grime summarizes the two truths that stand in paradox: "So it sounds like I'm saying that you can complete an infinite process. Now, an infinite process doesn't have a last step. So how can something without a last step be completed? And that's the paradox."

Enjoy.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Charles Spurgeon on God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility

The following is a quote of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, from his sermon “Sovereign Grace and Man’s Responsibility,” originally delivered Sunday morning, August 1, 1858, at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens, London.

(My thanks to Adrian Warnock for drawing my attention to this quote by posting it to his blog.)

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The system of truth is not one straight line, but two. No man will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once.

I am taught in one book to believe that what I sow I shall reap: I am taught in another place, that “it is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.”