A large part of my problem with the idea of absolute truth is that usually after one makes an argument for absolute truth are the things that they take by faith. For instance, the fact that God exists is an absolute truth, anyone who believes that fact to be true has to take it by faith because there is no logic that can prove it to be so and vice versa. Most religious absolute truths whether it be sacred texts, sacred people, sacred places or sacred rituals all are taken by faith. What if though faith isn’t a tool that leads us to truth, what if it is a tool that leads us to belief? After all, it’s not what truth really is which forms our actions and our ideals, but what our beliefs are. Faith doesn’t lead to truth, faith leads to belief.
No matter what happens, no matter what we hold, our belief in what truth is depends on us. Without the person forming the belief, the belief wouldn’t exist. Everything we do, see or experience is subjective to us. So that leaves us with the question, can a subjective being know or understand objective truth? Are we even meant to?
I’m unsure why we think that the things we put faith on are absolutes for everyone around us. The very definition of faith seems to be to me that it is something we are believing that we can’t see, or prove. If you could prove it, there is no faith. You don’t have faith that 2+2=4. However we seem to have been duped into thinking that whatever I put my faith in is absolutely true for everyone else. This just doesn’t follow for me.
In the words of Thomas Aquinas (I believe)
“Reason begins a journey only faith can end.”
Not the other way around.