Truth and Reason
Knowledge is not truth. Knowledge is the progression of accumulated ideas, mathematical formulas, and empirical evidence that form a basic elemental scientific fact. New ideas are added onto these elemental facts until a crisis or paradigm change occurs and new knowledge is promulgated. When this process ends or in other words comes to fruition, one has a truth which eventually becomes revealed truth. Knowledge is changeable and cumulative. Truth is finite, definite and unchangeable. Knowledge is empirical and scientific. These terms imply change. Truth is constant and given, in other words truth has been with us since the beginning and will remain with us until the end. Truth is not singular. It is definitely a plural concept. It can only be explained by the statement, “you just know when you know.” All reality becomes understood. The circle become complete. When theologians and philosophers, and now, secular scientists come to that realization, their cooperation will reveal marvelous results. They must learn to separate knowledge and truth. Knowledge is gained from looking forward. Truth is gained from looking to the past. Science seeks knowledge. Theology reveals truth. Philosophy explains the convergence. Truth existed before Christians appeared on the scene. The Israelites definitely had a brush with truth and discovered much before Christ revealed a large sum of the whole. In other words Christian theology is the understanding of being with a triune God and philosophy is the search for being without a God. Jewish theology is the real conveyor of truth. Finally why would an atheist ever search for a reason to life and being in the first place? That concept is an oxymoron. A search for being requires a creator. Therefore philosophy is a misguided attempt to explain humanity without a God. Or if we must extol its benefits, philosophy is the dividing line between those seeking and those who have already found. The origins of reason and revelation are identical. Both are from God. Have you found the truth? It will set you free.