Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Correspondance with a Student about Truth, Part 2

 X replied:

Thanks for the handout i think i was thinking reason not truth, however i still have heard that truth is not important and some of these arguements i have heard are from bible professors on our campus!
To which I responded:

Dear X;
Sigh. What do these professors do with all the scripture about truth? Are they all postmodernists who deconstruct scripture into shreds? You must be very confused, listening to them and then listening to me. It is very important to evaluate people's worldviews, (including mine!) because what we say and do comes (in a large part) from what we think. My guess is that these professors want you to accept their ideas. Why do you suppose they do? If it's not because those ideas are true, then what is the reason they teach them? Is it because those ideas give them some sort of power over you? Is it because they wish, for some reason, to make their students able to overpower others? Because postmodernists do not see the world in terms of truth, beauty and goodness, they are left with power plays: oppressors and victims. That's a rather sad way of looking at things.

Postmodernism has been called "hyper-modernism;" modernism taken to its logical conclusion. Like a laxative, postmodernism can be very useful; however, if one makes a diet of it, the result is spiritual and intellectual anorexia. I am fond of fellow premodern C.S. Lewis' observation:

“We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-

turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest

is the most progressive.-- C. S. Lewis

In my opinion, modernism is the wrong road, and postmodernism is taking a further wrong road off the original wrong road. I would be happy to explain further, but that would involve telling you the history of philosophy/ ; )



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