Gleanings: The Nature of Truth

Richard Rohr has given us a helpful perspective on the discovery of truth in relation to paradox…

Truth lies neither in the total affirmation nor in the total denial of either side of things, but precisely in the tug of war between the two. Hold on to that, and you will become wise and even holy. But be prepared to displease those on either entrenched side.

Normally, I don’t comment on quotations from others, but this one struck me because of my life within the Wesleyan tradition.  This was exactly his approach—both/and, rather than either/or—and finding in taking this approach that he lost friends who were entrenched on each side.

Richard Rohr is a good general source for pursuing this kind of “dual thinking” in general.  My friend, Paul Chilcote, has taken the same approach in relation to the Wesleyan tradition in his excellent book, Recapturing the Wesley’s Vision.

But however we explore these things, we are well served by remembering that theology is both “spacious” as well as specific.

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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