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Sorry to interrupt your labours

Sorry to interrupt your labours

Sorry to interrupt your labours…

1. Perhaps the issue with propositions and context then is what is done with the contextualization once meaning has been established. Does the statement remain more or less contextualized, restricted in its scope and application by the argumentative setting (postmodern)? Or do we feel that we have reason or obligation to generalize from the particular to the universal (modern)? In any case, I wouldn’t say that drawing on ‘modernist’ approaches to truth is necessarily a step backwards. What I think we are looking for is a better interplay between language and reality, between text and context, between narrative and history. That interplay is compromised if we are too anxious, too hasty, to draw general or absolute conclusions. It is for me a matter of integrity that we acknowledge that particularity, the narrowness, the oddity, of our belief system among the countless other belief systems that flourish in western society. It is the belief system that we have chosen - or that has chosen us.

2. I suppose this could appear as internally contradictory, but I want to say that we need to claim only that this is an overarching narrative for the community of believers - and even then on the basis not primarily of assent to propositional truth but of having been determined by covenant and history. I tell the story confidently because I have confidence in the God who has made me part of the story. Why should someone who does not feel herself to have been invited into that story want to tell the story as though it were true? That would be intellectually dishonest. At the heart of this epistemology is not reason or rationality but ‘election’ or ‘vocation’.

All Truth is God's Truth... or... By: mars-hill (26 replies) 18 August, 2005 - 11:39