History and Truth

Continuing still with the ‘eyes of faith’ theme, but going in a slightly different direction.

Kierkegaard makes some interesting points about the nature of truth in ‘Philosophical Fragments’. In a nutshell he says that in Jesus Christ, absolute truth descended into history and was made contingent – the transcendent absolute became historical fact. T.F. Torrance draws this out a bit more, but Kierkegaard’s basic point is that truth moved – therefore, movement is a property of truth – kinetic truth, as Torrance calls it. So we can’t think of truth as a sort of detached, frozen in time, out there kind of thing. We have to think in kinetic terms – I posted on this subject some time ago in relation to theological method. We have to know truth in a relation and dynamic, not detatched and frozen, kind of way.

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4 thoughts on “History and Truth

  1. Chris Falter September 25, 2013 / 1:21 pm

    Do the static and dynamic perspectives have to be mutually exclusive?

    I would agree that truth is dynamic. For proof we only need see that so much of it has been revealed to us as story, rather than as proposition. And of course we see this in the ultimate drama: the incarnation, ministry, death, and resurrection of the Son of God. Regarding truth as purely static would seem to be a triumph of neo-Platonism, rather than an acknowledgement of how God has chosen to reveal Himself.

    That said, there are plenty of propositional passages in the Bible, too, so let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water.

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    • whitefrozen September 25, 2013 / 8:35 pm

      Yeah, I don’t mean to nix the propositional passages at all – or propositional truth in general. Both exist and are needed by us. But as far as non-propositional truth goes – there is definitely the dynamic relation needed. I almost wonder if that could go for propositional truth as well.

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    • whitefrozen October 2, 2013 / 12:23 pm

      Glad you liked this post – I’ve found your blog to be a delightful read. I’ll look into that series for sure.

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