Saturday, June 05, 2010

"The Flaw of the Excluded Middle" by Paul Hiebert

Thanks to Mike Heiser, this classic essay is finally online!

I think Hiebert may have encouraged a moratorium on it while he was alive,
as this seminal article was used and applied in so many ways he never intended.
(To a lesser degree, the same was true of one of the other huge topis that he popularized" boundd and centered sets...see Is Church B.S. or C.S.?)

When I was a kid, I remember reading a Mick Jagger, then 20-something quote:
"I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five" (:
He's still singing it...nearing 70! last

  • Here is the complete original article from MISSIOLOGY.
I had the privilege of a class with Dr. Hiebert (applying this article to cross-cultural issues re: spiritual warfare, worldview and epistemology)on the Yale (Overseas Center for Ministry)campus in 1993.

Here is Matt Stone applying it to religious-practitioners.

PS: Here's the Wikipedia article on "excluded middle"
Click Hiebert's name below for all my posts about him


  1. the link above does not work anymore, or the article has been removed. do you know where I could find it online now (or even to buy?)

  2. Annamaria: Hi! Thanks for letting me know. I updated the link! Much appreciated!


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