I can't think of anything else more important to talk about.
Lesson 1: Veritology
The existence of truth is the foundational concept on which the rest of the program rests, so it is important that you understand what we mean by "truth." The illustration I used was this:
ICE CREAM truth ("Subjective Truth") is true for the subject. It is first person. It is private. It is something we prefer. This could better be described as opinion.
INSULIN truth ("Objective Truth") is dependent on the object. It is "out there." It is third person. It is public. It is something we discover.
Because truth itself is an objective reality, it is actually redundant to label it "objective" truth. Truth, by its very nature is objective. The reason we are forced to add the modifier "objective" in front of it is because of the cultural baggage that has been attached to the concept. I think it's ironic that if you do a Google search of the word "veritology," one of the hits you get is to the Urban Dictionary. There you will find that veritology (the study of truth) is "not defined yet."
That's the culture we live in -- a culture that thinks we have to wait for a definition of truth.
Definition: Truth is what corresponds to reality — it is the way the world actually is.
This is how our understanding of the truth must be judged. We all think we have the truth. But we must evaluate how our understanding of the truth matches up against the way the world actually is. This is the goal of The Truth Project and the strength of the Christian Worldview. The idea is that if Christianity is actually true, it will match up with the way we find the world and make more sense than any other way of looking at things. Living in accordance with that truth is reasonable and consistent. The "Cosmic Battle" begins when we deny that truth or try to order our lives in ways that are not in accordance with the way the world actually is.A couple of topics related to this idea are these:
1. CERTAINTY is a property of persons; TRUTH is a property of propositions.
Example: Ptolemy was a 2nd century astronomer who posited that the Earth was at the center of the universe and that the Sun, Moon and stars revolved around it. Ptolemy was absolutely certain of his theory and it stood for nearly 15 centuries until Copernicus came along and theorized that the Sun was really at the center of our solar system. One hundred years later, Galileo proved Copernicus right. As it turned out, Copernicus' proposition was the truth -- Ptolemy's certainty was unfounded.
We cannot confuse the certainty that we (or anyone else) hold about a thing with its truth.
2. The relationship between truth/knowledge and faith is proportional, not inverse.
Our culture has led us to accept the notion that "faith" is blind acceptance of things we cannot prove or know. But this is not the Biblical definition of faith. Faith (Greek: pistis) is defined as conviction, or active trust. In other words, if Christianity is true, the more we find out about the world -- the more truth we obtain -- the more our conviction that we have placed our trust correctly will increase. This is the exact opposite of what the culture tells us about faith.