A few days ago Ames hosted Mary Poplin, author of “Finding Calcutta”, at the Veritas Forum. She was highly influenced by spending time with Mother Teresa in 1996 and went from being a radical feminist to a Christian and an advocate of Christian schools.
At the forum, one of the questioners from the audience cautioned Poplin that she was giving the impression that her view of God was the correct one. The implication was that he was offended that she would imply that other views are wrong.
Let’s stop and talk about this for a minute. In other words, “if you say that you’re right, I know your wrong”. There are really only two very bad places to go with a statement like this.
The first one is that the only truth that we can count on is that there is no truth. The statement “there is no truth” gets a pass: it is simply a true statement that should be accepted without justification. See any problem with that?
The second place this line of reasoning must go is that two claims that contradict one another can both be true at the same time and in the same sense. For example, everything one believes about Christianity is true and at the same time everything someone else believes about Hinduism is true. In reality, this is the best definition of irrationality. The ironic thing is that the questioner in the midst of an irrational question was probably expecting a rational response.
The idea of “if you say that you’re right, I know your wrong” is either begging the question or committed to irrationality. We should strive to find truth not declare the only truth that we have is that there is no truth.
The actual answer Poplin gave for the question was that she has tried everything else and found that Christianity is the truth.