Truth Foundations
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Celebrating Rock-solid truth foundations!

An Issue


The question, "How do we know what we think we know?" is tied to a fundamental concept - truth.  Contrary to some waning Postmodern paradigms that reject any truth foundation, epistemological (knowledge) foundations are indeed an essential part of all worldview constructions.  We cannot even claim to know anything at all, including ethical and metaphysical truths - truths pertaining to morality and reality - until we have some information sources from which to draw.  Dr. E. Earle Ellis in Christ & the Future in New Testament History (Brill, 2000; pg. 255) hits the nail on the head when he writes,

 

"The Role of the Prophet in the Quest for Truth"

"All serious inquiry, whatever the discipline, professes to be a quest for truth. Whether it is a court hearing a case at law, a biologist or physicist at work in the laboratory or a theologian reading the book of a biblical prophet, each one seeks the truth or truths thought to be conveyed in the respective contexts. Each also recognizes the complex nature of truth as, for example, information about a fact, the comprehension of an idea or concept, knowledge through personal relationship or a combination of such things.

 

The Approach of Philosophy

 

Philosophy is traditionally the discipline that has classified the significant objects of truth as God (or ultimate reality), man, and the world. And it has set the essential questions: What is? How do we know? How shall we act? The questions, in turn, govern three general divisions of philosophical study: metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. The divisions are interrelated, and the answer given to the epistemological question, ‘How do we know?’ pretty much determines the answer given to the other questions."

 

This starting-point issue is indeed crucial in that it is fundamentally inherent in every other life issue.  We must employ information sources in order to come to a position or viewpoint on anything under the sun.

As a result, we all draw from knowledge methods.  Some are better than others when it comes to leading the inquirer to truth.  How good, in both quantity and quality, are the information sources upon which we rely?

Being an essential part of every worldview, it's not a surprise to discover that the God of truth addresses this very topic in His revelation to us.  For an awesome, common-sense contrast between Biblical Truths and human truths, read on.

Biblical comments on "Truth"