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Most of the blog posts are used as talking points to an in-class Christian Worldview course.

What is Truth?

Updated: Apr 3, 2018

Originally posted for the Postmodernism Class as we discussed Understanding the Times: Chapter 7

In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus offers Neo the choice of the Red Pill or the Blue Pill. If Neo were to chose the Red Pill, which he does, Morpheus would show him the truth of the world as it really is. The Blue Pill would result in Neo remaining in The Matrix living out his days in the dream world.

Even though the movie has a great deal of religious overtones, Buddhism in particular, it does propose that there is a 'truth.' All people are living in a dream world, but there is a truth that if you are properly woken up to can be known.

Postmodernism has another take on truth - there is no objective truth. And, if there is a truth, there is no way to know it. In the world of The Matrix, there is no red or blue pills, but rather one, unknowable purple pill. And, really if you think about it, how do you know if it is red, blue or purple anyway? Further, who are you to impose your truth or red and blue pills on me anyway?

Postmodernism has a lot in common with Buddhism. The primary underlying belief is that this life is an illusion from which we all must be woken up from. We are enlightened (woken) by putting ourselves on the 'middle way.' This is the 'eightfold path' consisting of: right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right meditation. The postmodernist would be OK with each defining what 'right' means but would reject that there is one, external, objective 'right' that all must adhere to to become liberated from this illusion.

Postmodernism is a reaction to Modernism, which relies on reason and scientific method to arrive at truth. The modern age was born out of the Enlightenment, spanning from about 1600 - 1960(ish.) It started in western Europe and came across the pond to the US. Reason ruled all. If it couldn't be proven through the scientific method, then it wasn't 'real.'

Even more detailed philosophical discussion here.

How do we respond as Christians?

Is there an external to us, objective truth?

Is it knowable?

How do we study Scripture to arrive at this truth?

Let's first see what (or who) is Truth.

John 14

1“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

What is Truth?

Truth on Trial

Why is this so hard?

The Atlantic article: 'The Truth' vs. 'Your Truth'

Answer this: How many 'truths' are there?

Answer: One

How many opinions of truth are there?


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