The world is rejecting absolute truth and turning to relativity.
In many senses we are unravelling moral absolutes and promoting tolerance. Does this mean we’ve altogether thrown away absolutes in exchange for compassion? Does this mean we reject absolute truth?
I propose that logic is not dead, but that the path to finding it has changed.
Each generation formulates ideas from a different vantage point which in turn shapes their value system. The vantage point is that they can see the outcomes of the values of prior generations, and as a collective they replace things in that value system. If they didn’t choose something different there would be no change in generation.
This does not mean, however, that newer generations heal the mistakes of prior generations, or strike the middle ground of some former imbalance. In fact, history proves that humanity has never found perfection in anything. Instead, we react to impoverished practices and end up in the opposite ditch.
However, while it won’t turn out perfectly, with every change in generational thought there are fresh possibilities.
This ties into philosophical thought –
In modernism the institution held the authority on knowledge, and spirituality was shoved under the rug. But in present time, people are flocking towards spirituality and even letting go of societal norms in order to have a closer experience to their primal nature (think of all the people getting off the grid).
From a Christian worldview this is a win. Younger generations are recognising that spirituality is real. Its important to them, and spiritual experience validates itself.
If the prior generations’ mantra was absolute truth, the younger generation’s mantra is empirical love, or incarnation.
In this way, postmodern generations are not posing a threat to absolute truth. Instead, they are moving the litmus test. Absolute truth is discovered and given authority when it can be verified on an experiential & personal level.
The bottom line is that absolutes in the form of mere axiom no longer hold merit, and we must discover a new method for engaging absolutes. The answer which transcends all (premodern, modern and post-), is still around. Philosophical thought has evolved, as it should, but it has not outgrown wisdom.
Symbols are the new containers for absolute truth, not axiom. Symbols can speak on a human level, and on a spiritual one, and they are timeless. In the Bible this is termed prophecy.
Keep a look out for Part VI of this series, which will give a rock-solid example of symbolism and absolute truth from Scripture.
I love generational change because I love when boxes get blown apart. I love that we get to discover God, and its altogether fresh.
That is the highest calling of a new generation – to find God for themselves – without the medium of the traditions of their fore-parents. Who admit they are not satisfied with bread that has become stale to them, and seek a living relationship with the Living God.
I hope this post is cathartic for anyone who feels burdened by the expectations and the systems that have been handed down to them. The truth is, younger generations are extremely zealous and that passion can be fully in tune with Christianity – though it looks new and unexpected.
Come back for the next post on Symbolism & Prophecy. We’ll get into deeper waters as we near the end of our series on Symbolism & Spirituality.
Right now, I’d love to know your thoughts on the idea that absolute truth can be contained in symbolism. Your thoughts are welcome.
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