CONFERENCE BY FR. IOANNES PETRUS ON TRUTH
CONFERENCE CONSISTS OF THREE AUDIO FILES
TOTAL LENGTH IS APPROXIMATELY 82 MINUTES
Traditional View of Truth
WHAT IS TRUTH? PART 1 of 3
[This is a very important conference helping us understand what is happening in the world and our Church today.]
Pilate famously asked our Lord “What is Truth?” Christ was born for the truth, and we too were born to hear, love and give testimony to the truth. The first duty of love is truth. Truth is essential for unity and peace. Truth is fundamental to our existence and we must have a proper understanding of it. Then we will understand why the philosophical foundations of the modern conception of truth have led us to terrible errors and destruction. The essential mark of all truth is is conformity (correspondence) between two things. Yet there is a hierarchy in truth. Following St. Thomas Aquinas’ traditional teaching there are four levels: (1) God Himself, (2) Ontological Truth; (3) Logical Truth; and the (4) Virtue of Truthfulness.
Modern View of Truth
WHAT IS TRUTH? PART 2 of 3
Following a summary of the traditional (correct) view of truth, we study the modern (erroneous) view of truth. Led by false thinkers such as Descartes, Kant, Darwin and Hegel, man is seen as the source of all ontological truth. Truth is no longer an adequation of thought and thing (objective reality), but rather of thought and life (subjective experience). Instead of truth being what is, truth is now viewed as what is becoming. Thus, truth changes constantly as life changes. This opens the door to relativism, evolution and dialectic (a continual revolution agitating for change). Since each man has his own experience and thought, he necessarily also has his own truth. Every man can make the world to his own liking. In effect, man makes himself out to be God. This is happening today all around us, even in the Church!
Traditional vs Modern Views of Truth
WHAT IS TRUTH? PART 3 of 3
A review and comparison of the two views of truth: traditional vs. modern. There IS a battle raging between the two views and it can be seen in all areas of life: food, nutrition, medicine, health, art, architecture, music, language, morality, and the spiritual life. This third part is filled with numerous examples which help one understand why this battle is so crucial. Ultimately, the modern view leads to devastation and death whereas the traditional view leads to peace and life.