What is Truth?
by Bryan Drake
Those were the words uttered by Pontius Pilate to Jesus as he made judgment over God’s son.
To the culture we live in truth has become whatever you want it to be, as long as it makes you feel good.
What’s true for you isn’t true for me
There is no truth
–These are the buzzwords of the postmodern, everything is relative culture that we find ourselves in.
The problem is that this may sound great on paper, but it doesn’t work in reality. Take for instance the phrase, “There is no truth.”
That may be the postmodernist’s go to phrase that makes everybody happy and warm fuzzy on the inside. It means that anything we want to believe or put stock in is true, or that any interpretation that you have of any set of values, written works, or ideas is just as valid and binding as the author’s original intent.
There is a glaring problem with that statement though. It’s self contradictory. The phrase makes a liar out of itself basically.
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Think about it for a second.
Postmodern Thinker: There is no truth.
Me: …Is that true?
PT: …uhm yes…
Me: …So that’s a truth then?
PT: well no because there is no truth…
Me: So it is NOT true?
PT: …well no, I mean yes, I mean…(Head Explodes)
You see when you start to actually try to make sense of this nonsense it falls apart…
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