On the notion of truth

Francis Schaeffer wrote in his book The God who is There,

….if man has been kicked up by chance out of what is only impersonal, then those things that make him man – hope of purpose and significance, love, motions of morality and rationality, beauty and verbal communication – are ultimately unfulfillable and are thus meaningless.

95-96 Francis Schaeffer Trilogy (Crossway, 1990)

I have been reading this book and it has been blowing my mind… (or vexing me). Some of the conversations I have seen going on on the blogs are starting to make sense now as to why they are happening. Part of it is the problem of the effects of post-modernism on Christian Theology and the loss of the notion of absolute truth. Without absolute truth, all truth becomes “God’s truth” and this is a terrible thing and has wreaked havoc on our ability to know and believe that 1) Christianity and the Bible is true, and 2) that God (who is personal and infinite) can be truly known (though not exhaustively). All this has led to much confusion in the church and it is sad to see. If we ask “can I really be sure I am saved? We might say “I don’t know.” if we ask, “Can God really be known?” We might say, “I don’t know.” much of this has come because we have given up the notion of absolute truth along with the idea that its opposite is not true for the notion that there are many truths so we try to synthesis the various truths together and call it truth when it isn’t…

Ah the tangled web we weave…

More to come on this.


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