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Occam's Razor and the BOD

Occam's razor is the problem-solving principle that states "Entities should not be multiplied without necessity." William of Ockham was a Franciscan friar, scholar, and theologian. The principle of Occam's razor has been applied to religion, science, and mathematical theories. It is helpful in developing theoretical models or for narrowing down choices between two (or more) different possibilities.

One justification of Occam's razor is a direct result of basic probability theory. By definition, all assumptions introduce possibilities for error; if an assumption does not improve the accuracy of a theory, its only effect is to increase the probability that the overall theory is wrong.

What if we applied the principle to our denomination? While Christianity is about multiplying the number of people that witness the gospel, the organization of the church may have been multiplied without necessity. Not in its reach but in its structure. Or perhaps the organization has b…

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