Monday, March 13, 2017

A Brother Asks: What is Truth?



A Brother Asks: What is truth?

My Response:   This question has been put forth by philosophers and theologians alike since words were first used to convey questions that transcend time and space. It isn't an easy question to answer either since there are so many ways to respond to it and so many things to consider when responding.

That being said, please consider the following line of thought…
If Truth is a fact or belief that is accepted as true, and…
  • True is that which conforms with accepted or adopted standards, and…
  • Standards are ideas or things used as measures, norms, or models in comparative evaluations, and…
  • To Evaluate is to examine to form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess, and…
  • To Assess is to estimate the nature, ability, or quality of, and…
  • To Estimate is to roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of, and…
  • To Judge is to form an opinion or conclusion about, and…
  • To Inform is to give essential or formative principles or qualities to.
  • Principles are fundamental sources or basis of that which is under scrutiny.
Then, Truth is an informed opinion/conclusion about the perceived nature of something that is under scrutiny.

Here's something to consider further:
  1. Why do you ask and why is it so important for you to know?
  2. What is the difference between Truth and Fact?
  3. Why should you draw a distinction between the two?

F&S,

Brother John S. Nagy



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