We can express paradox in different ways. In literature, paradox is a mere figure of speech. In theology, a paradox is distinct from a contradiction; paradoxes in theology are truths that only seem contradictory, but further and careful scrutiny would show that they are not, whereas contradictions are impossibilities and untruths. In the mindblowing world of mathematics, paradoxes are contradictions that are possible and true (e.g. 1 = 0.99999…).
Indeed there are different treatments of paradox among different disciplines. But what is paradox in general? A paradox, according to wiki, is “a seemingly true statement or group of statements that lead to a contradiction or a situation which seems to defy logic or intuition.” So, as I want to interpret it, paradoxes can either be possible (which happens in theology and math) or impossible. Paradoxes can be seemingly contradictory but actually not or they can be outright contradictory.
I love paradoxes because they are awesome mindblowers.
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