The concern of this website is ‚true truth‘. This term is borrowed from the late Christian apologist Francis A. Schaeffer, one of my intellectual heroes.
Of course, it is a truism that truth must be true. Still, there are, in my view, three senses in which it is legitimate to speak of ‚true truth‘:
- True truth is distinct from mere system-related truth in that it proves itself true in the roughness of reality. For example, New Agers believe their claims and impressions to be true, and they often form a coherent picture, but it is doubtful that they pass the test of real, rough, everyday life. This is roughly the sense in which Schaeffer used the term.
- True truth must be gained by truthful means. This reflects in some way the standard epistemological definition of knowledge as ‚true, justified belief‘. A belief may be true, but if it is attained in epistemically unjustified ways (guessing, mutually neutralizing mistakes etc.), it is not true truth one is believing.
- True truth goes beyond what is analyzable in rational terms. I believe that some deeds are honorable, although honor is hard to come by in analytic terms; and I also believe that God loves me, the extension of which is rationally graspable, but less so its intension, not to speak of its phenomenal content.
I am a philosopher and scientist (biology and chemistry). More importantly, I am a Christian. I believe in the one who called himself „the truth, the life and the way“ (John 14:6).
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