MYW 4.6 PROBLEMS WITH TRUTH – WHITEBOARD
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See also the Y-point exercise MYW 4.9.
How do we know that Jesus is truly the Way?
There are four ways to argue. Different people have a bias towards some and not others.
EVIDENCE FROM SCIENCE
How do we know what is true? What is proof?
Arguments from the design of the laws of matter and energy, the wonder of discovery, and symmetries.
Arguments from the existence of time/space, of beauty/qualia, of goodness/morality.
EVIDENCE FROM MY EXPERIENCE
My own experience of sorting it and doubting it.
My reasons why I think I did not make it up in my head
What are my experiences of the living God?
EVIDENCE FROM HISTORY
The reliability of the text about Jesus and its transmission through history
The apostles as eyewitnesses and their martyrdom
Historical research adds just-like-it information that mostly fits the biblical narratives
EVIDENCE FROM SHARED EXPEREINCE
In many ages and cultures, many kinds of personality have had similar experiences of God, thus bearing a common witness
Different religious systems, though different, share common ground on some things.
When we argue between shared religious/philosophical positions, we need to look to all four parts of this frame.