Tim Keller on Absolutism

Tim Keller

Tim Keller
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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.

A sense of direction. [UI Design]

Today, as my daughter watched her Your Baby Can Read video, I had ghosts of the 99% Invisible podcast dancing through my head. In a flash I realized that the time-line indicator on every video program or site moves from left to right. This is was someone’s conscious design choice. There was an option to move from right to left.

The Your Baby Can Read videos show words and then have an arrow underneath them that slide from left to right to train the babies to scan words that way. Again… left to right.

Once you think about it, the time-line indicator decision is obvious. We scan everything from left to right. It’s second-nature but it’s not natural, it’s something we learn before we even realize it.

My question: do time lines and play buttons in Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia go the other way?