Why the Correspondence Theory of Truth is Superior

by Nate Sala

Christians stand on an interpretation of reality known as the Correspondence Theory of Truth.  Plainly stated, the theory proposes that a thought or belief is true if it matches with the way things are in reality.Truth is not, itself, an object that exists in reality; rather it is a relation between two things.  So, for example, when someone sees two houses and says, “One house is bigger than the other,” then the phrase bigger than describes a relation between both houses in the same way that truth describes a relation between my thinking that the sky is blue and the sky actually being blue.  Many other writers have already expounded on this definition so, for the purposes of this post, I will move on.  For more on the Correspondence Theory of Truth see Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview or go here.

There is another view of truth that has recently become as fashionable as hipster moustaches or Instagramming your meal.  This newer interpretation, known as Postmodernism, essentially states that, if a social group believes something, it’s true and, if they don’t believe it, it’s not true.  Postmodernism trades on the relativistic notion that there is no such thing as truth that is true for everyone.  This is why the average relativist on the street will make statements like, “There is no truth,” or “That’s true for you but not for me.”  Of course, that last phrase works if you’re talking about favorite movies but, when discussing objective reality (like whether too much sugar actually makes a diabetic sick) this proves to be quite a problem…


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