Andrew lee wrote:I am just a curious 19 years old boy. As I was reading through some of the forums on this site, I questioned myself, "Is there any TRUTH that nobody can raise a objection?" People see what they want to see and it seems like there should be something more than that. Postmodernism claims that there is no absolute truth. For me this phrase sounds like there is absolute truth but we just haven't figured out how to earn this knowledge. For example, I haven't seen the red car in my life so I think there is no red car. For me that is truth that I believe. I am so sorry if this sounds confusing but can anybody explain this to me?
The claim against absolute truth is the claim that a truth can exist outside our experience of it. Let us say there was a red car orbiting Jupiter, but no one can see it. How would it be meaningful to claim that such a thing were true? Without verification there can be no truth. Historically there have been many claims, now proved to be false, that were once claimed to be absolutely true such as the fact that the earth was the centre of god creation and that al the planets and star orbited it. This was simply the truth. So before Copernicus that was exactly where the earth was located. Now we all know that Copernicus' discovery did not in reality move the earth and planets, but in an ideal sense that is exactly what happened. And it is valuable to see the impact of his discovery in exactly those terms. But we know the earth always went around the sun, right? True enough - true for us. But this is what truth is like. It changes. What is true today is not necessarily true tomorrow. Not even the fact that the earth is not the centre of the universe. So post modernism seems to make this claim - a ridiculous claim it would seem. But the claim is not simply about what is or what is not the case, it has more to do with understanding how we get to create 'truth'. And truth can never be absolute for the simple reason that it always lies between the subject (you- the speaker of truth) and the object of interest. Truth is not a property of the red car. It is a thing that exists in a RELATIONSHIP between the truth sayer and the the object of fact. Truth is not "OUT THERE". If there were no humans there would be no truth. Truth is a human artefact in a carefree and disinterested universe. The universe does not care about the red car; the absolute does not care at all.
Only those that believe in God can claim absolute truth, and the value of that claim rests of the veracity of God's existence - which is weak to say the least.