This one very well may piss some people off… but I’m gonna go ahead and put it out there because I think it’s a VERY interesting point, and I think it sheds some (much needed) light on the many
fights disagreements discussions concerning what postmodern/emerging/pick-a-buzz-word people think about the big T word…
This is from Pete Rollins‘ blog. And he says the following, concerning the age-old question of “Is Christianity true?”:
…there is a much more basic question that one must ask before this question can be understood properly. The question that one must ask is not, ‘is Christianity true’ (at least not yet), but rather ‘what is it that Christianity claims when it claims to be true’. To put it another way, the issue is not to attempt to ascertain, on rational or empirical grounds, whether or not the claims of Christ are true, but rather to work out what did Christ mean when he claimed to be the truth. Without asking this we end up simply embracing the commonly accepted definition of truth, we accept the rules of the game that is being played and then wonder why we are losing.
So… If I’m understanding him correctly… he’s saying that the reason that we have a hard time with convincing people that Christianity/Jesus/The Bible is true, is not because we need to further hone our arguments, or we need to discover more “proof.” But it’s because we’re attempting to find answers to a question that there is no answer to… because it’s the wrong KIND of question.
Here’s another good quote:
So what is the truth of Christianity? …The truth of Christianity is life. The implications of this are vast… (emphasis mine)
So… work with me on this for a second… He’s looking at Christianity as something that IS TRUTH or CONVEYS TRUTH, rather than something that can be (or should be) PROVEN TO BE TRUE in a modern/scientific sense.
I think that distinction seems, on the surface, to be subtle and simply word semantics… But I think that if you chew on it for a little bit longer, it’s actually VERY different… and like Pete says, “The implications of this are vast…”
I’m gonna have to think about this more… I suggest that you do too…