Table of Contents
- 1. postmodern man person
- 2. what is history?
- 3. sources of truth
- 4. sources
- 5. the true truth-source
- 6. Then, what is truth?
- 7. demands on the sources
- 8. The case for Rationalism ...
- 9. The case for Fundamentali...
- 10. conclusion
- 11. the Catholic faith
- 12. the Bible
- 13. Schrödinger's paradox
- 14. postmodernism
Twice the Bible states that it is to be regarded as a source of truth:
- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; 2 Timothy 3:16
- Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.; 2 Peter 1:20&21
We are not told explicitly what is included in "all scripture" or "the scripture". But both 2 Timothy and 2 Peter appear to be written at the close of the second century Anno Domino, after the canon of the New Testament has been established [Robertson, page 200]. "The scripture" would therefore include the Gospels of the New Testament and the Pauline Epistles.
the requirement of consistency for the Bible:
The Bible contains contradictions:
Christianity is a monotheistic religion, and indeed we will find
- I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God; Isaiah 44:6 But we will also find several quotes in the Bible that indicate that there are more Gods:
- O give thanks unto the God of gods; Psalms 136:2
- For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods; Psalms 95:3
- God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods; Psalms 82:1
- Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; Psalms 86:8
- as there be gods many; 1 Corinthians 8:5 Of course, the famous 'liar paradox' is incorporated in:
- If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true; John 5:31 But this contradicts: Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true; John 8:14 (All bible quotes are from the King James Version) (After ['t Hart, pages 60 - 63, 155])