Welcome to Truth Diablog! Please join me in friendly online chats about important truths and how they can—or should—impact our lives.
How did this come about?
Many years ago I read The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense, by Kevin W. McCarthy. It was a small volume with a big message: how to manage your life to achieve meaning and purpose. On McCarthy’s advice, I wrote this mission statement for myself:
My mission is to discover, understand, embrace, and share fundamental truth.
At around that same time, I came to believe that only things that are true really matter. I also realized that I could aggressively question and challenge truth claims—even ones I believed—because genuine truth could withstand any assault that I (or anyone else) could bring against it, and that I could only determine what is really true by making that assault. If a truth claim succumbs to rigorous questioning, then it isn’t true after all, and I’m better off for having discovered that.
I apologize if this sounds too lofty and philosophical. I admit that I enjoy thinking about big and important subjects—but not just for the sport of it. I am a very practical person, and if I’m going to spend my time and mental energy on deep, esoteric ideas, I expect the effort to return practical benefits.
So I intend this blog to be a venue to discuss truth claims, to explore their evidence and rationale, and to enable you and me to decide for ourselves whether they are in fact true, and if so, why they matter.
How will this work?
Every so often, I will post an essay about some truth claim and my initial thoughts about it. The post will generally follow this outline, based on my mission statement:
Sharing the truth. The blog itself will be the primary way of sharing the truth, but I’ll also try to think of other ways that we can help others in our spheres of influence to embrace it as well. You can certainly suggest your own ideas on that also.
Sometimes my posts will be well thought out and virtually certain in my mind. At other times they will be very preliminary. And, of course, they might be anyplace in between. In any case, I will solicit your thoughts about the subject, and hopefully we’ll have a meaningful conversation that helps us all to solidify our own understanding, and encourages us to embrace the truth as we understand it. It’s very possible that initial opinions or assumptions will be changed, and I hope that we all have the courage and integrity to do so when warranted.
The issues I bring up will most often be in the domains of faith, science, morality, and perhaps some philosophy. I will avoid politics and economics, because I don’t understand those fields well enough to discuss them rationally. I must acknowledge that I am a layman in all these fields, but I do read and think about them. I will always focus on practical truths: those that make a difference in our daily lives. My purpose for these discussions is to increase my understanding and personal application of these truths, and to encourage you to do so also.
You should know that I am a Christian (in the biblical sense—I’ll explore what that means at another time) and that this is truly a fundamental aspect of my life. So a Christian perspective will certainly be evident in many of my posts and comments. Some posts will rely on the Bible as a primary source of authoritative data. If you don’t share that view of Christianity and the Bible, you are free to ignore that conversation if you choose, but you are also welcome to participate and even to challenge the assumption, without taking the conversation too far off on a tangent.
Speaking of tangents, please try to keep the conversations on point. If the comments seem to be moving off topic, I might decide to write a new post that addresses that side subject more directly, and move the conversation to it. Or maybe I’ll just steer the conversation back toward the original subject. This is not an arbitrary restriction, and it’s certainly not about refusing to explore some questions and issues. (If I do that, I’ll say so directly.) But I do hope that these posts and their discussions will become a resource for later reference, and that will be most effective if the conversations stay pretty close to the intended topic.
Hasn’t everything been discussed before?
Certainly it has, and likely for hundreds—if not thousands—of years. So why rehash it again? That’s a fair question.
Some truths are so well established, so demonstrably factual, that debating them no longer has value. Sure, we all needed to be taught that 2+2=4 and why it is true, but that particular truth doesn’t reward ongoing discussion.
But some truths only deliver their full benefit when you think about them deeply for yourself, and discussion of opposing viewpoints and opinions is a great way to do that. It forces you to acknowledge your presuppositions and to test your reasoning. And when the discussion is done, if your opinion still stands, you’ll be more convinced of it than ever, and it will be a firmer foundation for the life decisions you base on it.
So while many of the subjects I’ll bring up have been debated thousands of times over hundreds of years, by people smarter than you and me combined, regardless of what those people decided, you and I will still benefit by having the conversation again ourselves.
I pray that these conversations help both you and me implement positive changes in our own lives through honest and thoughtful encounters with truth.
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