What is Truth?
The Merriam Webster Dictionary says “truth is sincerity in action, character, and utterance.” It also says truth is “in accordance with fact.” Let me begin with sincerity. Sincerity is honesty. To be truthful we must be honest in what we do, honest in our personality, and honest in what we say. Therefore a truthful person is not deceptive or fraudulent. There is absolute proven truth, objective truth, and then there is God (Christian truth) which has a large element of faith. The modernist is all about what they believe to be absolute truth and what is scientific and provable. To the modernist, Christianity is the keeper of faith but not the keeper of truth. The post-modernist is skeptical of absolute truth and of any faith or religion who claims absolute truth. The Christian knows God is the truth and the bible holds all the messages and lessons of God which is our truth.
As learned in “Transformed Thinking” the age of modernity, or the modern age, is commonly thought to have begun with the Enlightenment. The Age of Enlightenment usually dates from the 1700s (Curtis & Brugaletta, 2011 p.43). The Age of Enlightenment, with its scientific research and empirical evidence, pledged to solve the mysteries of the life (p. 46). Thinking, not believing, became the priority in this fearless new world of exploration and innovation. The Enlightenment produced the scientific method (p.48). Some of the good that came with this was that we were now proving methods of medicine and healing rather than going on superstitions or hunches. But there was also bad that came with the good. With the industrial revolution we found such atrocities as child labor for example. Decisions were widely made on the basis of profit without regard to human interests or feelings (p. 47).
The modernist did not believe that religion could be professed as truth. It had to be proven by experimental measures to be the truth. The modernist rejected the idea of divine revelation, miracles, or anything supernatural. Nonetheless, when modernism first began to dominate secular society’s worldview, many in the religious world were more than eager to go along with the spirit of the age. Some abandoned their belief in the supernatural elements of Scripture and tried to reduce the Bible message to the moral elements of Jesus’ teaching. Because of the influence of modernism, many so called mainline denominations ultimately abandoned the Bible. It seemed the need for God was declining (Curtis & Brugaletta, 2011, p. 43-45). Curtis stated the three characteristics of modernity; “first, the primacy of human reason and the ability of humans to discover and communicate truth is an important given of modernity; second, the belief, that both our understanding and our society are continually progressing; and third, its emphasis on and confidence in the individual” (p.45-46).
Faith is confidence or trust in a person or a thing and a belief without the need for proof. “Faith is believing in what is true. Faith has two elements: 1) being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and 2) believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth” (Acts 17:11 bible studies). I believe, as a Christian, faith and truth are hand in hand. The modernist value has no credence with me. We are not living in the modern era any longer. Modernism is no longer the most direct philosophical threat facing Christians. This is the postmodern age, and postmodernism now is a greater danger to the truth of Christ as modernism was in its day.
In post-modernity, two people can believe that two contradictory statements are each true? Post-modernism is a response against the Enlightenment and the modernity it produced. Post-modernism asks the question whether the Enlightenment was truly so enlightening. The Post-modernist thinks that any religion or any belief system that claims to have the “truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” is...
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