the other day, some friends and i were having a conversation that included big ideas like epistemology, truth, hermeneutics, meaning, objectivity, empiricism, subjectivity, etc... we eventually ended up in the usual critique of modernity until someone said, "but i need absolute truth, something in me doesn't like to live without it."
why is this? why do we cling so tightly to absolutes? what does it do for us? we sat with that for a while. as we talked, we came around to the idea that perhaps a flight to absolutes removes us from the subjective nature of the "here and now." but think about what that means for relationship! how will my "absolute truth" that "homosexuality is wrong" affect my encounter with my gay co-worker? how will my "absolute truth" that "dishonesty at border crossings is wrong" affect my encounter with the mexican land-scapper? and many examples could follow...
essentially, absolute truth can become a shield behind which we hide to protect ourselves from uncomfortable encounters. the "here and now" is messy and offers no protection. it may very well show me that my gay co-worker has a far better lived-understanding of what the gospel is all about (true story)!
well, just a thought... what do you think?
*the purpose of this post is not to address whether or not absolute truth exists or if it does, how we arrive at it- but to think about what need we attempt to meet in it.