Perspective

Relativity of Truth or the Truth of Relativity?

Question: 
Does process thought affirm the relativity of truth or the truth of relativity?
Publication Month: 
November 2012
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

This is a clever way to put a very fundamental question. It is also a wise way. The truth of relativity, which we affirm, is too often connected in people’s minds with the relativity of truth. But for process thinkers this connection is rejected. For us what has been has been, and nothing ever changes that fact. In that sense truths about the past are not relative. Similarly the structures of reality are what they are. What we believe about them does not change them.

The Gift of a New Perspective

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly
Date Delivered: 
November 4, 2007

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 19:1-10

In one of his songs, Paul Simon portrays the lament of a middle aged, baby boomer:
            We work our jobs
            Collect our pay
            We think we’re gliding down the highway
            When, in fact, we’re slip-sliding away.

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