In 1992 the Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy said in a ruling, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” This definition of liberty or freedom has been the prevailing one in the West since Michel Foucault‘s claim that all truth claims are power plays.
This past week I’ve been listening to Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, on my way to work.
Anyhow, today I listened to one from back in 2006 called Absolutism: Do we all have to find truth for ourselves? in which he talks about absolute truth, personal freedom and the liberty afforded by rightly understanding Christ and the Gospel.
The brief synopsis being: In today’s society, absolute truth is thought of to be the enemy of freedom. But truth is more important than you think, freedom is a lot more complex than you think, and Jesus is a lot more liberating than you think. Surrendering to God’s absolute truth gives you a deeper, richer freedom in every area, without oppression.