Truth + Tolerance
Issues of pluralism and postmodernism
One Way? Is Christianity the Only Truth?
- Dr William Edgar is Professor of Apologetics, Coordinator of the Apologetics Department, and Chairman of the Faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He plays regularly with a professional jazz band. View all resources by William Edgar
Dr William Edgar - One Way Is Christianity the Only Truth - 2005
What about other religions? When the world is moving in such a
globalizing way, believing in one truth seems naive at best, and
intolerant at worst. This workshop will examine the contours of
relativism, and will look closely at a couple of classic religions. We
will focus on the ways these views handle the problem of evil, and map
out some strategies for making sensitive truth claims.
In the contemporary world holding to a single truth appears arrogant at best, dangerous at worst. The increasing mobility of the people and their ideas renders truth claims implausible. Yet the historic Christian faith holds that Christ is the way, the truth and the life, and that no one comes to the Father but by him. This seminar will explore ways to affirm truth in its unity and diversity as essential for living in the reality of this world.
1. The scandal of uniqueness
1.1 World statistics
1.2 The implausibility of a single truth
2. The scandal of relativism
2.1 Traditional controlled societies
2.2 Modern relativism
2.3 Postmodern relativism
2.6 Powerless spirituality
3. What is the question?
3.1 Inadequate solutions
3.1.1 Vatican II
3.1.2 Protestant liberalism
3.2 Biblical considerations
3.2.1 Romans 1: does revelation get through?
3.2.2 John 14:6-7: Is Christ uniquely the way, truth and life?
3.2.3 What is truth? What is it not?
4. Reassuring biblical pluralities
4.1 The diversity of creation
4.2 All sorts and conditions
4.3 Truth and civil charity
4.3.1 The church in ancient Rome
4.3.2 Modern reform movements
4.4 Religious certainty and violence
4.4.2 Wars and clashes
5. Thoughts on the Trinity
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