Some people speak of “Truth” as if it has a capital “T”. Below are diagrams of the common seven ways these people envision owning/seeing/participating in that capital “T” Truth. The orange-yellow gem represents their imagined “Truth”. The circles represent different belief systems or different groups of people.
These are the fundamental ways to view Truth when it is understood in a unitary fashion. Note that #2 and #7 are possible two ways of saying the same thing. Finally, those these are the fundamental views, most people have an amalgamated view using these components. For the last image I give an example of such a composite view which combines #1, #2 & #5. There are many more composites, of course.
Many religions discuss “Truth” in one of the ways below. I think the whole adventure is problematic in several ways both in terms of understanding “Truth” and in terms of owning “Truth”. But I will explore those future posts. But for now:
Questions to Readers:
- Can you think of another visual model that I left out?
- Tell us which religion/group comes to mind to match each model.
The Seven Views of Truth:
An Amalgam View: