Man has come to denote more credence in opinion than in facts. What is Free Speech without God? Are ideas just thoughts not based on facts? Do opinions ring true when based on facts? The Messengers of Truth are among the multitudes. There is always a remnant that no manner of evil will ever be allowed to remove.
Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal September 9, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
METHODOLOGY FOR OBTAINING TRUTH
PART 7: WHAT ARE FACTS & IDEAS?
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
The search for a Methodology for Obtaining Truth is benefited greatly by the proper classification and definitive quality of various truths. The nature and meaning of facts and ideas are also very important. Meanwhile, have the philosophers of the past ever tried to explore the exact nature of Social Science Inquiry? Is this a possibility or just a needless waste of energy?
(Truth) "FreedomJournal what are your sources of information? Heretofore you have only noted the philosophers of Western Civilization. Have any other people contributed to an understanding of Human Reasoning? Most especially who are the people that laid the foundation for your revolutionary theory that Social Science can be formulated as an exact science?"
(FreedomJournal) "Truth it is for sure that there have been various indirect attempts toward proving our point regarding the exact nature of Social Science. For example the Marxists flirted with this theory as Marx and his colleagues dabbled in Dialectical and Historical Materialism. Marxists guided by the positive nature of economics as a determent factor however lost sight of reality and race in the equation. But the greatest obstacle to Truth among the Marxists is the denial of God who is the center of Truth.
Meanwhile some of the greatest efforts toward forming a rationale for exploring this subject fall to John Locke (1632-1704), Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Joseph Butler (1692-1752), Frances Hutcheson (1694-1746), Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733) and Lord Shaftesbury (1671-1713).
However David Hume (1711-1776) who published "An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding in 1748 has probably made the greatest contribution toward forming the point of departure for our search for a methodology for obtaining Truth. But the Holy Bible, The Torah and Quran are our primary sources that look to the ancient record of God Centered Truth."
(Truth) "Well FreedomJournal once again you attempt to defy the reality as viewed by the present world. So the previous thinkers have stopped short of really explaining this question. Why? Why did these people even though most realized the presence of God fail to see the reality of God Centered Truth?"
(FreedomJournal) "Truth for your information the wise John Locke argues the following: Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding is not just a statement or epistemology. Rather Locke renders a comprehensive discussion on our intellectual faculties. Meanwhile Hume in the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding investigates the powers of human reason. Hume also seeks to disclose the pretension of traditional metaphysics, which he believes promotes prejudice and dogmatic thinking.
But Truth we declare they all fall short of extending their discussion to include the exactness of Social Science inquiry. Therefore we will take what they have said as guided by the Scriptures by way of the Holy Spirit and develop the methodology for Truth. Along the way we will also gain direction from several contemporary philosophers. Rest assured however that there will be a re- order of facts and ides and many definitive qualities of terms, words, phrases will not be changed but extended.
Truth then what are ideas and facts? Also, how are facts and ides important to our discussion and the formula for Truth?”
(Truth) I say first FreedomJournal that we record the classic definition of the word idea. Can one have an idea of an idea? Idea is a plan for action. It is also noted as an image recalled by memory. Thus idea is a thought or picture of anything in the mind, a mental picture. Hence any result of mental activity or understanding."
(FreedomJournal) "So true Truth but what does our friend Hume say about ideas? Can we critique Hume here and gain a better understanding of ides as they relate to our central question and concern?
In his Enquiry Hume pens a section on "Of The Origin Of Ideas. Thus Hume reveals that ideas are of a complex nature and there is a need to explore not solely what is an idea but where do they come from."