[This is a continuation of Section Two, Reason and the First Person. An index with links to all parts of the work as they are posted can be found [url=https://forum.evangelicaluniversalist.com/t/sword-to-the-heart-reason-and-the-first-person/1081/1]here.]
[This series constitutes Chapter 19, “The Theistic Argument from Active Reasoning”. Since the points are enumerated as I go along, I’ll do one entry per point. (None are very long.) This series is the climactic chapter of Section Two, so it’ll be longer than usual. I’ll be posting up several entries a day through Sunday.]
My previous two chapters not only continued my line of argumentation, but also (in their own way) summarized, and illustrated through practical applications, the points of my argument, in an imaginary informal debate.
Dialogues, however, although useful in some ways, are not formal arguments; and as these second-section chapters are perhaps the most critical in my entire book, I will take one more chapter to summarize and re-present the argument yet again, before continuing with my inferences.
My argument can be developed from several directions, although the final result is the same in each case. As even now I am still not sure which ‘beginning point’ is best, I have presented slightly different variations for each run-through; and I will do this again here.
I find myself, however the situation came about, behaving in a certain way, in order to maximize my efficiency in relating to reality. This behavior may be called simply ‘thinking’ or ‘reasoning’, or more precisely ‘analysis’. What does this behavior, as I actually and/or necessarily claim to practice it, involve and entail?