Where truth exists — Daniel Taylor on abstractions versus relationships


“One must not be naive, however, about the nature of truth. Except at its lowest levels, it does not come as hermetically sealed packets of information or hard nuggets of gold which are the same no matter where they are found. Truth, as we know it at least, exists in a concrete setting in place and time in the midst of human relationships, which greatly effects its nature and function. The abstract statements that we often call ‘Truth’ have their place, but it is as these conceptions take shape in the quotidian world of personal experience that we see them for what they really are. And what we find is that we have the power to release truth or to destroy it depending on the way in which we use it.” — Daniel Taylor, in The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian and the Risk of Commitment

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