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Ministry training and theological study an introduction to truth part 1

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An introduction to truth, and how it is constructed in reality.
National Association of Christian Ministers
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Ministry training and theological study an introduction to truth part 1

  1. 1. An Introduction to Truth A presentation for the mentor program of ministry training and theological study at the National Association of Christian Ministers. http://www.nacministers.com/mentorprogram.htm By Elder M. Mooney All Rights Reserved. Permission to copy or redistribute is granted under the conditions listed here: http://nacministers.blogspot.com/p/permissions-of-use-by-ministers-and.html
  2. 2. There is a common statement in the world today that sounds like this, “What's true for me may not be true for you..." • Upon hearing such a thing, it may seem like this is a good explanation for why people believe different things, and a great attitude to hold in order to enjoy peaceful interpersonal human relations. However, upon greater consideration this statement begins to reveal major inconsistencies. – For example, what if I decide that gravity is true for most people, but not for me, and proceed to jump from a roof? I would soon discover that I am subjected to the truth of the existence of gravity no matter how much I deny it. Anyone who would deny this and choose to jump from a roof would likely cause us to question their sanity. Why? The answer seems to be because the majority of humans in the world would claim the denial of gravity on our planet to be inconsistent with their experiences with reality. Introduction to truth: Part 1. National Association of Christian Ministers
  3. 3. What are the implications here? We can identify at least 3: • 1) Reality is a concept which people claim exists, and they claim to be able to identify their experiences with it through one or more of their five senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling). Introduction to truth: Part 1. National Association of Christian Ministers
  4. 4. What are the implications here? We can identify at least 3: • 2) Based upon perceived favorable and unfavorable outcomes associated with these experiences, people tend to form absolutes, probabilities, and heuristics. – Absolutes are things that seem unwavering and always consistent with the same outcomes. – Probabilities are things that may or may not occur in cause/effect relationships. – Heuristics are mental shortcuts to making decisions based upon previous experiences. • 3) In any given sequence of events, desirable and undesirable outcomes exist. Perspectives of that which is “right” are based upon the desires held by people anticipating and or experiencing them. For these reasons, people have all sorts of ideas about the definition of truth. Introduction to truth: Part 1. National Association of Christian Ministers
  5. 5. If we are to categorize truth, there seems to be at least two standards: objective and subjective truth. • Objective truth suggests that such exists apart from human experiences, observations, or definitions. In other words, objective truth stands alone as true reality, without the distortions of human biases and perceptions of its meaning (Objective, 2006). • Subjective truth suggests that truth is defined by norms, and therefore is subject to our experiential interpretations of its meaning, along with our assessments of personal values (Truth, 2007). It is uniquely individual in its scope; thereby, making it cognitively and privately observed. In this vein, it may be described or shared with others, but it remains as experientially biased information that is not objectively observable and therefore unknowable by others (Subjective, 2009). Introduction to truth: Part 1. National Association of Christian Ministers
  6. 6. Reflective questions for part 2 • Is truth objective or subjective? • Is truth singular or plural (“truth” or “truths”)? Introduction to truth: Part 1. National Association of Christian Ministers

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