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“For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice. Pilate saith to him: What is truth? (Quid est veritas?)” (John 18:37-38). That iconic question of Pontius Pilate rings out through the voices of many today, and the correct answer to that question is the same—and equally as important—today as it was then.
During research for his presentation in morality class, one of my high school junior students searched for a definition of truth. The Google world gave him this one: “a fact or belief that is accepted as true.” Wow. There are two glaring problems with this apparently popular definition.
Thing - Definition - Fact - Itself—it - Anything
Perhaps the first thing we should glean from this definition is the fact that—of itself—it doesn’t define anything at all. Any definition in which the same concept is used in its very definition is pure nonsense, such as “goodness is something good.” Thanks for that.
The second major error found in this Google wisdom is the self-destructive subjectivism that such a definition expresses. If “accepting” or “agreeing upon” something makes it true, then truth, in fact, does not exist. If I am convinced (accept), or even convince everyone in the room or in the country (agreeing upon) that I am God, does that make it true? If it does, then what does truth mean? Nothing. If everyone in California agrees that defunding Planned Parenthood takes mammograms away from women in need (when they in fact perform zero), because they said so on the Clinton News Network, is that suddenly the truth? If so, then there is no real truth.
Deal - Conclusion - Madness - Nihilism
This may seem like no big deal, but it is; for, the inevitable logical and subconscious conclusion of such madness is pure nihilism:...
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