Logic is the science that deals with the canons and criteria of validity in thought and demonstration; the science of the normative formal principles of reasoning. Logic is the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference; reasoned and reasonable judgment; the principles that guide reasoning within a given field or situation.Oxford English Dictionary The term logic comes from the ancient Greek λογική = logikḗ, which originally meant the word or what is spoken: however, the meaning of logic has shifted to mean thought or reason.

Logic concerns itself with the most general laws of truth. Logic is the set of absolute abstract principles that govern and balance reasoning—we use it to distinguish correct from incorrect reasoning—thus, logic enables us to apply abstract principle to daily living. Logic is an absolute principle, rooted in the Logos Emanation, an abstract principle, and a faculty. Your logic faculty opens when you meet an unchangeable principle or fact of life that you cannot alter or interpret to suit your theories or to justify your actions or statements. As you apply logic, it leads to right thinking, which can recondition your life into perfection.

Edna Lister on Logic

Epistemology (from Ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη (epistḗmē) 'knowledge', and -logy) is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. The theory of knowing deals with the law of normal thinking or the science of thought, which we call logic. We use the theory of knowledge to apply these laws to the problems of knowledge by analyzing the idea of knowledge, aiming to discover its general conditions and implications, using the method, epistemology, the theory of grounds of knowledge. Logic and epistemology are two different aspects of the same subject. Logic is the science of reasoning, proof, thinking and inference. We can use a chain of reasoning correctly or incorrectly. Starting from a correct premise is essential to correct logic.—Edna Lister, What Philosophy Deals With, September 3, 1935.

Many people just don’t care for logic, but enjoy gossip, prejudice and opinions, which passes among them as conversation.—Edna Lister, September 16, 1941.

Ethically, you must use all outer knowledge of logic, reasoning, discernment, discrimination, and discretion upon any situation before you take any outer action, so as to hurt no one else.—Edna Lister, October 23, 1944.

The Logos concept in God’s Mind becomes the idea in your mind. Thought becomes logic, then good judgment and discrimination, the latter of which stem from the Father-God Wisdom principle.—Edna Lister, January 27, 1947.

Your limited logic and reason, based solely on outer experience, often block your inner knowing.—Edna Lister, February 25, 1947.

You duplicate your outer lack of using logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion on the inner.—Edna Lister, July 29, 1947.

When you have brought logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion to bear, yet obedience is impossible, ask the question. Seek advice, not for some silly unformed question with no facts behind it, but bring all facts to bear upon it and use the faculties of soul.—Edna Lister, August 20, 1947.

You must form your conceptions of the Infinite by the methods of logic and reason.—Edna Lister, September 3, 1949.

Logic is common sense, the process of bringing the mental to bear upon a situation or condition.—Edna Lister, June 26, 1956.

All logic and reason must be backed by discernment, discrimination, and discretion, or the effort is useless.—Edna Lister, Our Capacity for Freedom, November 17, 1957.

Criticism, prejudice and opinions utterly degrade pure logic.—Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

Faith is a matter of logic and reason; faith falters only when imagination works overtime.—Edna Lister, Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, November 4, 1958.

We apply principle in descending order through the great principles of Light, color, tone, number, and form (name). Logic and Light reflect absolute principle as the Word. The Logos (the Word of God) is God in action as the Emanations. The Logos is the source of logic. Logic o’ershadows reason, gathers outer facts and fits them into place. Light functions from the center out into the cosmic divisions, as does the sun in the center of the solar system. So does logic; in other words, logic functions in a different way in each of the twelve divisions.—Edna Lister, What Is Virtue? July 12, 1960.

Logic is an abstract concept, which reason brings into relative thinking as an idea.—Edna Lister, September 14, 1961.

Logic provides us with the ability to apply abstract principle to daily living. You open your logic faculty when you meet an unchangeable principle or fact of life that you cannot alter or interpret to suit theories or to justify your actions or statements. As you apply logic, it leads to right thinking, which can recondition your life into perfection.—Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.

Logic is absolute, unchangeable and immutable. Logic is the framework of the Supreme Trinity of personality — the Father, Mother and Son.—Edna Lister, November 11, 1963.

Place all evidence in the scales of logic and confirm it with your own and others’ experience. Keep adding the facts you gather from people, books, science and experience. Immanuel Kant called this philosophy noumenalism.—Edna Lister, How to Erect a Hypothesis, June 25, 1968.

[Noumenon: A thing as it is in itself, not perceived or interpreted, incapable of being known, but only inferred from the nature of experience; the object of a purely intellectual intuition.]

Logic is the abstract Mind of God, which is the expression of God’s universal Magna Carta.—Edna Lister, November 7, 1968.

The logic of the mystic, as revealed through parables, comparisons, and figures of speech, forms our foundation in comprehending the mind and method of Deity. Imagination of the past is really the logic of ascension.—Edna Lister, The Divine Creational Plan, June 2, 1970.

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Etymology of logic: Greek logike, from feminine of logikos of reason, from logos, which is sometimes translated as "sentence," "discourse," "reason," "rule" and "ratio."

Logic is an absolute principle, rooted in the Logos Emanation.

Logic is an abstract principle.

Logic is a mental faculty.


There is a water-plant, on whose broad leaves the drops of water roll about without uniting, like drops of mercury. So arguments on points of faith, in politics or religion, roll over the surface of the mind. An argument that convinces one mind has no effect on another. Few intellects, or souls that are the negations of intellect, have any logical power or capacity. There is a singular obliquity in the human mind that makes the false logic more effective than the true with nine-tenths of those who are regarded as men of intellect. Even among the judges, not one in ten can argue logically. Each mind sees the truth, distorted through its own medium. Truth, to most men, is like matter in the spheroidal state. Like a drop of cold water on the surface of a red-hot metal plate, it dances, trembles, and spins, and never comes into contact with it; and the mind may be plunged into truth, as the hand moistened with sulphurous acid may into melted metal, and be not even warmed by the immersion.—Albert Pike


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