If you drop a stone, it falls.
-It is true that if you drop a stone it falls.
The words “It is true that” add nothing to the first statement.
Therefore “Truth” is a redundant concept.
This is the Deflationary theory of truth, as I understand it. Thanks to Luke. “Truth” becomes valueless, and that is a shock to me who had found it of inestimable value. I think of concepts of the Gnostic God as The One or Being or The All, beyond all conception; moral truth and factual truth are properties of God.
I am wrestling with atheism at the moment. Christians absorb this, make it OK and our own by calling it Doubt. Quakers are my main source of social life, and I remain Quaker because I have given up on something hard to put into words-
-knowing that there is A God
-perhaps, believing for what I could get out of it, such as Everlasting life
-understanding what “God” means, so that I might disbelieve in it
There is still something more than myself.
There is stuff I don’t know, and stuff I misunderstand. This includes the nature of dark matter, and the motivation of someone who does something I don’t like. It seems to me to be valuable to have a concept of Truth, even to worship it, as a corrective for my misunderstandings.
Unless you are born again, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and I have had moments where the falsehood I cling to because my life seems to depend on it falls away, and it feels so painful and so transformative that rebirth seems a good metaphor for it. Once I felt as if I had been banging my head on a wall with the intent of breaking through that wall, and was now staggering about blinded by concussion and blood and sweat running into my eyes, which was an improvement as I might just randomly stagger through the door.
Deflationary theory. Oh, OK, then. All it means is that I can’t name God, “Truth”. I practise conscious incompetence: I am conscious of the possibility that what I perceive is different from Reality, and attempt to improve my perceptions and understandings. Often, words help, but not always.
By the way, Jonathan Hockey, if you want a “good debate” don’t close off comments so soon. What you see as “showing how out of touch Christianity is” is in fact our adjustment to acceptance of homosexuality in the West. We would not think it so important if we all agreed. And transsexuality is as much a social construct as homosexuality. What we do with our arousal and desires is a social construct, yet there are people exclusively aroused by their own sex, from nature and nurture, and people who try desperately to be aroused by the opposite sex and fail (all those ex-ex-gays).