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Truth and Truth-Telling: Christian Practice and the Philosophical Tradition

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263494.003.0003
Truth and Truth-Telling: Christian Practice and the Philosophical Tradition

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This chapter argues that Christians have not developed their own distinctive ‘theory’ of truth. Knowing what it means to ‘tell’ the truth, but also ‘live’ the truth, under God and in the company of God's people, is crucial if the martyrological context of the Christian's life is to be properly exhibited. In this chapter, the disciplines of philosophy and linguistics serve a clarificatory, albeit, subservient, function. The chapter discusses: Christian truth and classical philosophical theories of truth; a Christian response to and assessment of philosophical truth theories; the relative autonomy of theological truth; truth in its unity and diversity; the unity of truth, philosophically and theologically conceived; retrieving the personal in the practical unity of truth; the story of Milena Peszko; and the unity of truth as practical and eschatological.

Keywords: Christians; philosophy; linguistics; theological truth; Milena Peszko

Chapter.  26474 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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