There Are Some Absolutes!
These statements are a work in progress. I
reserve the right to change them over time. These are presented
apart from Scripture, although all communication is ultimately dependent
upon the written Word of God.
1. The Law of Contradiction or
Non-contradiction. The law of non-contradiction
means that two antithetical propositions cannot both be true at
the same time and in the same sense.
2. At least one absolute exists.
This proposition is the opposite of "There are no absolutes." For
this latter statement to be true, it has to be an absolute itself.
So, if the proposition denies itself, the only other option is that
"There is at least one absolute." Of course, this statement does
not tell us what that absolute is! But, do you not think that this
truth is great encouragement for the human quest? Some absolute,
some where exists. One just has to find it!
Corollary. "All knowledge is
relative." This statement is an absolute in itself, and therefore
3. Truth exists. The
reasoning is the same here as in #2. It is the opposite of "There
is no truth," or "There is not such thing as truth." The
proposition would deny itself, if true. Thus, "Truth exists."
Again, this truth does not tell us what that truth is, only that our
quest to seek it has at least a possible happy result.
4. Certainty exists.
Again, the same reasoning is present as in #2,3. But this
proposition addresses a different point in philosophical speculation.
It is the basis of all questions or pursuits of epistemology--to know
with confidence, assurance, and trust that is a place of rest for the
human mind. Likewise, what that "certainty" is, is not answered by
this statement. But, it tells us that the pursuit is worthwhile.
5. Language communicates.
While language communicates imperfectly, nevertheless it communicates.
When the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board speaks, millions of
people around the world take serious financial action because he has
communicated knowledge to them and they understand.
thought sufficiently corresponds to Reality to at least partially
understand it. Thus, one human mind can communicate with
another human mind.
6. There are only three ways to
determine ethics: total individualism, majority vote, or yield to an
Corollary. All law is based upon ethics.
7. No person knows
everything. At least one person or Person knows
8. Only one
absolute. There can be only one absolute. Thus, only
the whole of all the parts (above)is truly absolute. In
epistemology, nothing can be true unless it is true everywhere
and for all time. That is, any pretended truth must be both
coherent and correspond to the whole; it cannot exist alone.
Thus, only God and His Word can be absolute because He is
omniscient, and the only (partial) truth that we can know are
the propositions stated in the Scriptures.
9. The Absolute is both subjective
and objective. Truth, as absolute, is united in the
Persons of the Trinity. Thus, truth and wahte and the
absolute are personal. But, these Persons
are absolutely objective in their understanding of
truth. Thus, there is a unity of the subjective
(absolutely personal) and objective (held in absolute clarity
and without subjective distortion).
See Thales to Dewey, page 220