Saturday, June 07, 2014

Jesus + Plato = Universalism

Jesus commanded the Father to forgive sinners who don’t know that they’re sinning: “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk. 23:34).  Plato held that anyone who sins is such that she doesn’t know what she’s doing. It follows from these two thoughts that all sinners are forgiven.  Perhaps Plato’s wrong. But perhaps he’s not. I can’t question the other guy. 

Somewhat formally:
(J) For any x, if x unknowingly sins, then x is forgiven. 
(P) For any x, if x sins, then x unknowingly sins. 
(JP) For any x, if x sins, then x is forgiven.


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