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How are these concepts related?

Study the set of concepts/objects in the figure. What relationship would you  assign them?

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Note that two of the relationships have been labeled, which provide examples of possible relationships.

The “God->authors->Scripture” is perhaps a common relationship for people of faith.

But what does this relationship imply?

It implies that God plays the role of author, which means that as author, God is in charge of making sure all the details are correct.

This implication has implications. If God is the author, has God checked that all the translations, like all the translations available through the pull down menu on Gateway Bible: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/ :

The other labeled relationship, “Observation->reveals->Truth,” might be common sense for a person whose primary focus is science.  Here again, what does this relationship imply?

It begs the question of  “What is truth?”

Take a look at the figure “An examination of what is “real”  on blog “So what the heck is Model-based Reality (https://explorethegap.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/so-what-the-heck-is-hawkings-model-dependent-realism-2/ )

You can see that this assumption is not so straight forward!

Reflection on this questions is, I maintain, our human search for meaning. Our labeling and defining these relationship is a life-long journey.

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2 thoughts on “How are these concepts related?

  1. What fun to play with this. I think I’ll start with God humans —> scripture. Then one line from scripture to faith and one from scripture to religion. Observation is much too complex to make a direct line to “truth.” I can’t figure out how to picture the connections of “reason” which seems to me to stick its nose into just about every link. Maybe that’s why it is in the middle?
    I’m going to ponder this. But of course two dimensions won’t be enough to tell the whole story..

    • Great observation about the complexity of observation to make a direct line to truth! And yet can one pursue the nature of truth without making an observation.

      And here’s is another question to ponder. Is not a reading of scripture a type of observation?

      Perhaps the key to the “exploring the gap” is to build a model to understand what constitutes observation?

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