I would recommend this book to my intrepid interlocutor (see last post). Perhaps you, Moreland, and the rest of the contributors to this book should sit down over a cup of coffee and hash out how you all hold to the same theory of “truth” and yet come to diametrically opposed conclusions. Wait, how did that happen…? Wow, that outcome would demonstrate the post-modern turn!
Fundamentalism is partly formed when we believe there is a one-to-one correspondence between a literal surface reading of a text (or the world—empiricism) and one’s ability to determine the absolute truth contained therein (it is a clear obvious meaning), whereby (and here comes the violence) we should all interpret and see the same thing (it is obvious this text means that or this piece of “evidence” means such an such—and has to!).
In the third essay, J.P. Moreland, professor of philosophy of religion at Biola University, discusses “Truth, Contemporary Philosophy, and the Postmodern Turn.” Moreland contends that postmodernism is “an immoral and cowardly viewpoint” that those who love truth should endeavor to heal. Over against those who would replace the classic correspondence theory of truth—that notion that truth corresponds to reality—with a neo-pragmatic or non-realist model. Moreland identifies himself at the outset as “an unrepentant correspondence advocate who eschews the various anti-realist views of truth.”
So a toast to my atheist friend who has embarked, with those like Moreland, as a lover of “truth” to “heal” those “immoral cowards” out there who think it just a little more complicated (damn them!).
You are clearly in good company—the other side of the coin of the same fundamentalist sensibility and viewpoint. Nice.