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ERIC Number: EJ810694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
Does Truth Exist? Insights from Applied Linguistics for the Rationalism/Postmodern Debate
Ross, David A.
Christian Higher Education, v7 n3 p253-269 Jul 2008
The question of whether or not truth exists is at the center of the rationalism versus postmodern debate. Noting the difficulty of defining truth, the author uses the principles of linguistics to show that semantic skewing has resulted in the concept of truth being encoded as a noun, while it is really an attribute (true). The introduction of a metaphor--the "hourglass of truth"--enables the author to distinguish the realms of natural truth and spiritual truth. For Christians, these worlds are different, but connected by means of the declaration that Jesus is divine. The author uses this metaphor to illustrate that the conflict between adherents of different faiths is not based on disagreements over natural truth, but rather over different concepts of spiritual truth, and that, therefore, we cannot expect to resolve the differences using the principles of natural truth (such as logic). Finally, the author applies the concept of the hourglass to the rationalism-postmodern debate, and shows that it is possible for Christians from different sides of this debate (i.e., with different concepts of natural truth) to share a united concept of spiritual truth, even while each affirms the divinity of Christ. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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