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09 December 2011

Well, Which One is it in Theology, Indy?

Indiana Jones: Archaeology is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall. 

5 comments:

Brother Charles said...

Archaeology isn't about facts but artifacts.

Theology is the delighted exercise of the rational mind's affinity for the Reason through Whom it was created.

I don't know what philosophy is.

Judy Kallmeyer said...

I sometimes think that philosophy is just a lot of hot air put forth by some folks who just want to be heard. A lot of it never made any sense to me. A part of it seemed more like theology to me. Just sayin'.

Tom Palanza said...

Well, if you like dictionaries:
Merriam Webster:
Truth = sincerity in action, character, utterance
Fact = a thing done
Oxford:
True = that which is true, or in accordance with fact or reality
Fact = a thing that is indisputably the case

It looks like truth builds upon fact. You start with facts, you end up with truth - when you are faithful to the facts. Thus, when you say, "That's a fact," you are saying something obvious. When you say, "That's true," you are saying something that you had to think about a little to get to.
Theology is talking about God, which from the Christian perspective, we do with revelation and reason. Revelation acts as the fact, and reason gets us to the truth. Of course, as much good reasoning as you can do, it all rests on faith. Theology then, seems to attempt to come to truth about God through facts given it in revelation by God. From God, through man, back to God. Does that sound familiar?

PJA said...

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

-John Adams

Love that quote!

Anyway...

I would argue that, yes, archaeology and Philosophy are about facts and truths respectively... but both presume indefinite articles (a fact, facts; a truth, truths)... whereas Theology presumes a definite article--the fact(s) and the Truth(s). The perspective of theology is set in absolutes, whereas archaeology and Philosophy--when not utilized by a Christian theologian-- are not necessarily governed by "the." This also gives them room to play around a little more!...

UP said...

Indy also said to Marian, "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage." Another bit of wisdom.

UP