Putting Aside Our Truth Claims
Updated: Jan 11, 2020
How can we know what is real and how do we know truth in a post-everything world? If truth is not confined to the world of ‘facts’ alone, or of ‘values’ alone but if truth is both objective and subjective, how do the two relate and how can we know anything? How can we bring both sides of the brain together so that we understand truth in a meaningful way? These are matters of epistemology. Allan Bloom in The Closing of the American Mind sees total relativism dominating Western culture. Instead of speaking of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, people speak of ‘values’, lifestyle and authentic persons. They don’t ask. ‘Is it true?’ But, rather ‘Are you sincere?’ So how do we disclose the truth of the gospel in such a context? Maybe we need to put aside our truth claims and simply focus on communicating the gospel so that people are caught up in the person and story of Jesus. Then, truth claims may take care of themselves.