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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Isaiah and Nietzsche, pt. III

“I am grieved by the transitoriness of things.”

‘From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions. For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.’

It would seem, then, that God is also grieved by the transitoriness of things.