On Truth

One of my favorite philosophers is the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard.

One of the reasons I like Kierkegaard is his deep understanding about the subjective nature of truth. Subjective truth for Kierkegaard, unlike the moral relativism of today, didn’t mean there was no objective truth or that we create our own truth, but that we subjectively live out what we believe.

In other words, beliefs are not isolated theorems that exist in books or only when we’re arguing about them. True beliefs, what we really think, finds its way into how we live. If we are to believe in truth un hypoctrically then, it must work it’s way into our life – we must embody truth, we must incarnate truth. Again, in Kierkegaard’s sense, what is true is not what we say, but what we subjectively live.

I’ve tackled Kierkegaard in a Sermon Biography and in a short Redux answer in the past.

Yesterday I tried to tie together as many strands of the Christian Life under the idea of God’s authority as revealed in scripture. How scripture mandates, commands, authorizes and ultimately calls out our misalignment and need for being reconciled, renewed and redeemed into right standing with God and truth.

I didn’t mention Kierkegaard, but he was certainly lurking around in the background.

If you’ve been beat over the head with truth before, suffered under hypocritical or dictatorial religion or fallen victim to consumeristic Christianity I hope this message will be a refreshing change. I also pray it will be useful in restoring holism to your faith, worldview and life. We far to often struggle to see life with a fractured mirror.

“The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.” Soren Kierkegaard

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