Foundationalism and the Nature of Truth



Nifty fact: the philosophy of foundationalism is a pillar of protestant theology. Academic rebuttals to foundationalism - post-structuralism and post-modernism developed as critiques to foundationalism itself, and not as critiques specifically against Christianity.

Although Christian thinkers who reject foundationalism look like they are rejecting the ultimate, self-evident foundation of the gospel, this really isn't the case at all. They are simply rejecting the ideas that were placed as needing no justification. The way truth is interpreted can differ wildly depending on the context, and Chrisitans have tended to do a poor job of removing certain cultural filters from our interpretations of the Bible.We have tended to idolized logic, certainty, and the 'American way' when considering the meaning of scripture.

Many times, little truths get convoluted and positioned as "ultimate truth". This is why I believe so many people are hesitant, if not opposed to Christianity. The self-evident truths many non-Christian hold are not self-evident to Christians. This makes us suspect, and I believe rightly so because some of the new cultural norms represent things we as Christians should have clued into a long time ago: like loving our enemies and neighbors.

To be fair, all humans by nature hold seemingly random truths (even poorly represented truth) as self-evident. And what those truths are depends on a complex set of factors. I believe Christians would do best by recognizing that some of the truths we hold are mere cultural constructs of which we need to let go.

The question then, remains whether a foundation exists where no other justification is needed to build a system of truth upon.

I believe the answer is yes.
And I believe the foundation is Jesus.

All systems of thought, understandings, and interpretations of things I seek to filter through the foundation of Jesus.
You see it's not a matter of whether or not there is a foundation - we all put something there by nature. It's a matter of what the foundation is. To put an idea or system of thought or any other thing as the foundation of Christianity is to make a terrible, terrible mistake.

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