Review of Epistemic Fragments by Elihu Carranza

You may know the name Elihu Carranza because of his Logic Primer and/or Logic Workbook, the latter of which was published by the Trinity Foundation.

Who is Elihu Carranza? The “About the Author” section in his Epistemic Fragments tells us:

Elihu Carranza, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University in California taught courses in Logic, Philosophy, Humanities, and Communication Studies. For a brief time, on official leave from university teaching, he served as Provost, Evergreen Community College. Besides a B.A. in Philosophy, he earned his M.A. in Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He was a Mott Fellow, Michigan State University where he earned his doctorate. He served honorably as a Seaman in the U.S. Navy, World War II, and subsequently as a jet fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He resides in Napa, CA with his wife Sharon, a retired college Reference Librarian.

Well, I’m impressed! And even more impressed with all these accomplishments when finding out in this book that Elihu had a difficult upbringing, being born in the Depression years to poor parents who had escaped the revolution in Mexico.

I’m also impressed by his volume Epistemic Fragments. While it largely follows the contours of the Scripturalist philosophy outlined by Clark and Robbins, Carranza has notable insights.

I particularly like his description of naturalism’s worldview, which “ruled by matter-in-motion as the only framework for knowledge and truth, fashions an escape-proof prison cell for its advocates. This commits its followers to live ever searching for truth but never finding it.” (p. 11)

I also appreciated his syllogism on p. 61:
All people who are misologists are people who hate logic
Logic is God’s thinking
Therefore, all people who are misologists are people who hate God’s thinking

Carranza also points out some interesting points of Clark’s theory of time. He says “In contrasting time and eternity, Clark agrees with Augustine that time could not have being before some variable creature and had come into existence in space-time.” And he quotes from Clark, “Time came into operation with created minds.” This may be so, but given that time was created on Day 1 and man not created until Day 6, I wonder if this implies that other minds (e.g. angels) were created on Day 1.

Definitely add Epistemic Fragments then to your mental catalogue associated with “Elihu Carranza.” And note that he has published also a book of his poetry (Poetica, Reflections) and three novels (One Murder One, One Murder Two, and One Murder Three.)

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