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1 freetoken  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 4:48:59pm

I suspect they hate set theory because any representation of the Trinity using said mathematics can show that trinitarianism = polytheism.

2 Almost Killed by Space Hookers  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 5:40:21pm

I suspect they hate it, because it makes them feel intimidated. Transfinite mathematics, Cantor sets and such require a level of mathematical ability that truly must "put them in their little mental place." It's something they could never grasp ever, no matter how hard they tried, and they know it.

3 wheat-dogg  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 5:56:56pm

As the BoingBoing writer notes, for some Xians, "God is the only infinity" and set theory shows there can be many infinities.

Plus, it's hard.

4 b_sharp  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 6:20:55pm

Set theory iz hard, but Calculus is the devils work.

5 Destro  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 6:55:41pm

Do they ban algebra as Islamic math?

6 wheat-dogg  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 7:14:58pm

Probably not. The article points out that "modernism" includes anything that occurred after roughly 1850. Modern set theory began in 1874, after all.

7 Etaoin Shrdlu  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 8:05:00pm

I was surprised to see nothing in the article about incompleteness and undecidability. Surely it must bother these fundamentalists that there exist true statements that their God couldn't prove.

8 Etaoin Shrdlu  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 8:13:36pm

P.S. I'm pro Axiom of Choice, and I vote.

9 dragonath  Tue, Aug 7, 2012 8:16:27pm

re: #4 b_sharp

It's funny you say that, because Newton and Leibnitz were very much religious philosophers!

10 lostlakehiker  Wed, Aug 8, 2012 9:58:07am

Set theory is nice, factual mathematics. The only thing that can be said against it is that it wasn't commonly taught in primary or secondary schools a century ago. But then, neither was the atomic theory of matter, or the fusion theory of how the sun shines, or the theory that there are many galaxies, most of them receding from our own. A century ago, a computer was a woman who penciled her way through her share of a compilation of log sine tables or what have you, and an algorithm was the instructions given her by the table's panel of engineers and mathematicians.

And in those days, the world was also going to hell in a handbasket.

11 lostlakehiker  Wed, Aug 8, 2012 10:02:41am

re: #7 Etaoin Shrdlu

I was surprised to see nothing in the article about incompleteness and undecidability. Surely it must bother these fundamentalists that there exist true statements that their God couldn't prove.

No problem. Theologians have no trouble with the notion that there are some things God can't do, such as not exist. Or find two even numbers whose sum is odd. That's not so much an incapacity, as a quirk of human language, that it speaks of logical impossibilities in the same framework as it speaks of difficult but doable things.


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