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Evangelism 3a - "What is Truth?"
Transcript of Evangelism 3a - "What is Truth?"
The Heart of Outreach 3a: What is Truth?
"Postmodernism" - What is it?
Skepticism and rejection of truth claims
There is no one single unifying story or purpose. There is no 'metanarrative'.
There is no absolute, "objective" truth.
So... Why does it Matter?
Situations just like this one.
The Way out
Why Are We Talking About THIS topic?
'The real truth about "objective truth" is that the latter is a fiction. Every candidate for "Truth" must first be expressed in language, and language is notoriously unable to get us to reality. Words, like a hall of mirrors, reflect only each other and in the end point back to the condition of their users, without having established anything about the way things really are. Truth is the name we give to that which agrees with our instinctive preferences; it is what we call our interpretation of the world, especially when we want to foist it upon others.'
(Philip Novak, 'The Vision of Nietzsche, Jacob Needleman, gen. ed.
(London: Element Books, 1996), 10-11.)
What do you say to someone who says:
"THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE TRUTH!" ?
To claim there is no objective truth is an objective truth claim. Or nonsense.
This author is using words to communicate this truth.
Maybe 'truth' for him is simply preferences. But how can he make a universal claim about what it is for others?
Wait... the author couldn't possibly be attempting to foist his interpretation of the world off on us?
Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth
Is that absolutely true?
If someone is claiming that we all can have different truths, some things to ask them:
Where did you get that truth from?
Is that true for me as well as you?
How can you say 'there is no absolute truth'? Wouldn't you have to be all-knowing to know that something DOESN'T exist?