Filed Under (Author, Dee Dee Warren, Uncategorized) by dee dee on 14-12-2012
In debate, I often find that (and this is unfortunately prominant in certain flavours of futurism) there is a blanket statement, “But this is what the Bible says.” No there is nothing wrong with declaring what the Word says - there is a problem in begging the very question in dispute. Both parties can read what the Bible says, the debate is over what the Bible means by what it says. Though worded somewhat pedantically (and I say that with some envy - I wish I could have crafted such a statement), I find J.P Moreland’s description of this concept in his article, “Truth, Contemporary, Philosophy, and the Postmodern Turn” to be helpful:
A proposition is, minimally, the content of a sentence. For example, “It is raining” and “Es regnet” are two different sentence that express the same proposition. A sentence is a linguistic object consisting in a sense perceptible string of markings formed according to a culturally arbitrary set of syntactical rules, a grammatically well-formed string of spoken or written scratchings/sounds.
Moreland’s larger point is a defense of the correspondence view of truth, but I read the above in light of the larger context of interpretation and said yes, YES, YES!!!!
That’s a keeper.