MYW 4.6 PROBLEMS WITH TRUTH – WHITEBOARD

MYW 4.6 PROBLEMS WITH TRUTH – WHITEBOARD

The background for this whiteboard is described in http://maxdoubt.wordpress.com/

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.

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