How to Solve a Mystery Enhancing our Evangelization Techniques
One of the most important things (besides spiritual grace and holiness )
to solving a mystery is to be asking the right questions.
If you are asking the wrong questions, even if you have all the answers, those questions are not going to take you where you want to go. In that case, You will not arrive at the solution.
So, what are the right questions ?
Determining the best questions does require some work, and usually some trial and error. What I would call “bad lines of reasoning” could more correctly be described as lines of reasoning and questions that do not lead us to a solution. But for brevity I will just use the former description.
It is actually easier to recognize the signs of bad or unproductive lines of thought because they stand out more. And by recognizing them we can be more productive in finding the better lines of thought.
The following statement is the specific topic for this thread :
What are the characteristics of good and bad lines of reasoning ?
I will use two examples to illustrate one good and one bad ( or more correctly questionable) method of solving a mystery.
If you wish to debate the final answer to the two mysteries below, please open a separate thread as that is a tangent subject. I only use these examples below to present a framework to present the characteristics I wish to consider.
What was the early (from the time of the Apostles)
Church’s position on priestly celibacy and how do certain Scripture passages relate to this, such as
I Tim. 3:2
"Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife , temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher …”
The second example I will use is the mystery or question of which Gospel was written first ?
Sorry it is getting late.