Truth Matters
Monday, May 20, 2019
In search of truth ...

On Culture

Culture is yet another way to go about considering the issue of how we know what we know.  One way to look at the cultural dynamics is through a Modern/Postmodern comparison and contrast.

For hundreds of years now, Modernity has, in general, emphasized the methods of science and reason in the pursuit of truth.  Lately however, Postmodernity has helped to bring things into better balance (although some have gone into imbalance by over-emphasizing subjective truth at the expense of rejecting objective truths).  But what are the limitations of both of these ways of looking at life?

Both of these perspectives are offerings of humanity - it's people who use their heads (reason) and eyes (observational science) to come to truth.  It's people who, while living, use experience to define reality for them.  But there are so many limitations to both, even when human constructs of truth that include spirituality are added to the objective and subjective methods.  Michael Polanyi's materials serve as an excellent example.  Even though he emphasizes both objective methods (he was a chemist and a thinker affirming science and reason) and subjective, existential methodologies, he goes on to offer spiritual truth appeals.  Is this package complete?  Is this paradigm sufficient, or are we still missing a full plate (of knowledge methods)?

The Bible says God's ways are higher than mankind's ways as high as the heavens are above the earth - Old Testament: Isaiah 55; New Testament: I Corinthians 1-3.  This is quite a significant contrast!  It says God's truths are much more complete than what humanity has to offer.  Read the Proverbs for wisdom beyond this world.  Read the Psalms for testimonials about God's relational faithfulness to those who seek Him out. You will find these readings to be an inspiration and a blessing.

One final approach in better discerning
the importance of sound Truth Foundations:

A philosophical consideration leads those who are open to truth to give a fair consideration of all sources claiming to offer truth.  Warning: many have come to Jesus Christ as a result of this type of open-minded Truth inquiry.  "Why?" you might wonder.  He is truth, and those who come to Him find transcendent Truth in God and in so receiving His gift, are set free.