Primus Dictum

Quodlibet – Latin, “whatever, whichever, no matter, what you please, any whatever”

Quodlibetal Questions – A form of Medieval academic discourse where “any whatever” questions were presented to the Master (university teacher); The quodlibetal questions stood in contrast to the “disputed questions” format where the questions generally followed a more unified theme, e.g., truth, the virtues, the power of God, etc.

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3 comments on “Primus Dictum

  1. K.C. says:

    Dr. Howe,

    A common phrase used by Lordship Salvationist is “Salvation is free; but, it will cost you everything.” They call this a paradox. Webster’s poses that a paradox is “an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises.”
    Yet, if one applies the law of non-contradiction (all theology aside) it seems that the statement defeats itself. Could you help me philosophy why this is wrong or not. Is there really such a thing as a paradox if the statement is not true.

  2. K.C. says:

    Ooops, I should have spellchecked. Could you help me with the philosophy of this statement? Correct or incorrect.

  3. KC,
    Something is contradictory when the components exclude each other absolutely. It is possible for something to appear contradictory but not actually be contradictory. For example, one might say “It is raining and it is not raining.” At first glance, that might appear impossible. But if one is taking the “it is raining” in differences senses, they could be compatible. It might be raining in Atlanta and not raining in Dallas. It might be raining in Atlanta at 2:00 and not be raining in Atlanta at 2:30. The law of non-contradiction says that A cannot be non-A in the same sense. Now, when it comes to the Lordship position, it seems clear to me that they are not saying that salvation is free in one sense and not free in another sense. If they were saying this, there would not be a problem. But they end up affirming a contradiction. They say that eternal life is a free gift (which is actually redundant, since if it is a gift, it is free to the recipient) but they also say that there is some price that we have to pay for it. This is incoherent and therefore false.

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