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Table of Contents

Motivation

Introduction

Summary of this Website

Directory of this Website

Documents for Download

Acknowledgments

Disclaimers


Abbreviations

Website Map

MOTIVATION

During the most famous trial in history, a very important question was left unanswered. The question had been asked before by many thoughtful men, and has been asked many more times since, but the answer has not been forthcoming.

Innumerable attempts have been made to try and answer the question
“What is Truth?” Only one man has been able to give a satisfactory analysis of the word Truth. This website is based on the work of this man.


Aurelius Augustine was born in 354 AD and died 76 years later. The influence of his ideas still pervades all of civilization. Between the years 391 and 395 he wrote a small document with the title:
On Free Choice of the Will; [abbreviated in Latin to De Libero]. The document consists of three parts called ‘books’, each ‘book’ being about the length of a chapter in a modern book. Almost hidden in the pages of ‘book’ two, is his exposition of the word Truth.

INTRODUCTION
This website is based on an over two decades-long, on-going study of  the Nature of Truth in thousands of references in Theology, Philosophy, Literature, History, Mathematics, Science and Logic. To see the extent of this study, please download the Extensive Bibliography below.
At this site you will find a Unique, Satisfactory and Much Needed Definition for the word Truth.

Much needed because the concept of Truth is inescapable.

Satisfactory because the definition fulfills the necessary and sufficient conditions for the concept of Truth.

Unique and unprecedented because I believe it is unlike any other definition of Truth.

Those who are new to the subject might be surprised to discover that a valid definition for the word Truth has not yet been agreed upon by Theologians, Philosophers, Logicians and Mathematicians.

With the advantage of hindsight, and a long history of Theology, Philosophy, Mathematics and Logic behind us, only recently have we been in a position to understand Augustine’s exposition of Truth correctly. The ancients were unable to interpret this work correctly, because they did not experience the many dead-ends that the history of ideas traversed.


SUMMARY OF THIS WEBSITE


1- The Triumvirate of human wisdom has been found wanting:
    a- There is no truth in Mathematics
    b- There is no truth in Science
    c- There is no truth in Logic


2- Philosophers, mathematicians and logicians have been unable to define the word Truth.
    The most plausible theories of truth are listed, followed by their devastating  critiques.

3- The definition of the word Truth as given by St. Augustine has been resurrected and interpreted in light of the above facts.


DIRECTORY OF THIS WEBSITE

All of the pages on this website are arranged
Topically in Drop-down menus.

The many facets of the Nature of Truth are given over several pages and all relevant pages should be read for a more complete picture.

The Nature of Truth topic contains the definition of the word Truth, its grammatical analysis and its interpretation.

The Background to the Nature of Truth topic has several pages of vital information on the present state of the many Theories of Truth and answers to commonly asked questions.

The Nature of Science topic gives statements by prominent scientists who have admitted that there is no truth in science.

The Nature of Numbers topic presents extensive information on the nature of numbers, their nature, their uses and their impotence to describe reality.

The Nature of Logic topic also contains quotes by eminent logicians that show the purpose and necessity of logic, the uses of the variety of logics, and the impotence of logic to arrive at any truth whatsoever.

The Nature of Knowledge page establishes a solid epistemological foundation for all human knowledge.

Once the Nature of Truth is established, it becomes necessary to understand The Nature of Names and Titles.

The Live Presentations pages are easier to understand expositions of the nature of truth and related subjects.

DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD


The following PDF files are available for download
at this website.

PAGE NAME DOCUMENT
The Nature of Truth

The Truth-relevant passages
of Augustine’s De Libero,
Book II, in English

Brief Bibliography

Extensive Bibliography
Augustine’s De Libero in Latin
Aquinas- Truth- Q1

Critique of Numerics

The Original Code
Numerics-Ackerman
Numerics-Allis

No Truth in Logic

Hans Hahn Logic article

Other Documents

Allegory of the Cave-Plato
Goetz-TheUsefulnesOfTheImpossible
Hoover- DontYouBelieveIt
RobbinsReviews-Lakatos



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I wish to thank members of my family who have been the involuntary audiences of my lectures and Christmas Eve presentations during our family get-togethers over the past decades. Their probing questions and fearless criticisms of my ideas have helped to sharpen my mind and crystallize my thoughts.

Furthermore, this work would not have seen the light of day without my wife’s encouragement, support and her endurance of many lonely evenings.

In addition I want to thank the following institutions for access to their libraries.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Andover-Newton Theological Seminary
Boston University
Boston College
Boston Public Library for providing access to JSTOR
Waltham Public Library for inter-library loans.

They are not associated with the 1TP Theory or this website.

DISCLAIMERS

… when I cite any author …  I cite him for the words quoted and no others. I do not mean to imply that he is in agreement with my essential position. I mean to imply no more than that the words quoted have interest and value in connection with the topic under discussion.
Leon Morris (1914-2006), Studies in the Fourth Gospel.

ABBREVIATIONS

1TP = One True Proposition- the new theory of Truth based upon a new definition of truth, that there is only One True Proposition available to mankind at the present time.

noT = nature of Truth

noK = nature of Knowledge
noN = nature of Numbers
noS = nature of Science
noL = nature of Logic
nTnF= neither True nor False
nNT = nature of Names and Titles

De Libero = Abbreviation of Latin title of St. Augustine’s important work De Libero Arbitrio Voluntatis;
in English:- On The Free Choice of the Will

WEBSITE MAP


The Nature of Truth
What is Truth?
Truth Defined
What is God?
Truth is Not
Searching for Truth?
Brief Bibliography
Truth Above All
Grosse Errors
Western Armenian

The Nature of Science
There is No Truth in Science
Science and Faith
Science
HelioGeoCentrism

The Nature of Numbers
There is No Truth in Numbers
Mathematics and Reality
Critique of Bible Numerics
Dr Nash and his truth
The Usefulness of the Impossible

Mathematics is Not a Language

The Nature of Knowledge
The Nature of Knowledge
All Knowledge is Acquired Through Faith

Erroneous Epistemologies
The Nature of the Copula
The Nature of Definitions
The Nature of Meaning
The Nature of Identity
Points of Grammar
Two Steps in Communication
Primitive Undefinable Terms
Vocabulary Of Neologisms

Background to the Nature of Truth
Truth Undefined & Undefinable
Theories of Truth
Truth and Christ
Questions and Answers
The Greatest Thing In The World
Dictionary Definitions of Truth

The Nature of Logic
There is No Truth in Logic
Neither True Nor False
Descartes’s Dictum Dismantled
God and Big Rocks
Problems Solved

The Nature of Names
The Nature of Names and Titles
On the Name of God

Live Presentations
Truth and Freedom
Pasadena CA Message
The Unknowable God
Social Media Conversation
Blog Radio Interview
Hildegard on Truth
The Evils of Infant Baptism

Miscellaneous Topics
The Image of God in Man
Who is a Christian?
God's WIll is Not a Secret
General Manifestation
Nine Ways To Salvation
The Four Ways
Are UFOs Biblical?

About the Author
About the Author
Dr Clark Letter
History of Website Changes




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. . . Pilate said to him “What is truth?” . . . John 18:38