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Mastering Marxism with Rhonda, Lisa, and David, Part 6: My Journey in Finding Truth

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Posted on July 23 2010 4:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.
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Dear Rhonda and David,

In regard to David’s request that I summarize my disagreement with Kolakowski, I have but one major disagreement with claims made in Book 1, Chapter 1, “The Origins of the Dialectic”, and it is actually with the very first sentence of the chapter.

“All living trends of modern philosophy have their own prehistory, which can be traced back almost to the beginnings of recorded philosophical thought.”

I would include religions as philosophies because they delve deeply into the questions which define what philosophy is. Therefore, I would have added the phrase “…with the exception of Judaism and Christianity which can be traced back to the very beginning of time itself, Christianity having sprung from Judaism.”

Kolakowski’s making no allowance for the existence of any philosophy that can be traced to the beginning of time denies the existence or the validity of the Hebrew Scriptures, or it denies that Judaism and Christianity can rightly be termed to be “philosophies”. I would submit that Judaism is the only philosophy that has existed from the beginning of time and that it will endure until the end of time. Christianity directly sprang from Judaism and it, too, will endure until the end of time.

Kolakowski touches on some very important points in regard to learning what things have shaped an individual philosophy. He notes that we are each trapped within a particular age and each of us holds a unique curiosity about things. Each philosophy is necessarily shaped, on some level, by the things experienced in the particular age in which we live and by our individual curiosities about things. In examining particular philosophies, he notes rightly that it is important to examine the events surrounding the individual who formulated each philosophy in order to understand the context in which these philosophies were offered. (In Catholicism, we refer to this “context” as Sacred Tradition.) Also, Kolakowski is correct to point out that we must never assume that a certain philosophy holds no validity because it was formulated in a different age.

In regard to your question of how we find truth, I take this to refer to one’s coming to the understanding that there is Absolute truth. One of my favorite things to say is, “The only reason to believe something is because it’s true.” This refers to Absolute truth. Every person is given the gift of reason, however one’s reason may be marred by ignorance of context as Kolakowski noted in discussing how events within an age shape philosophies. It may also be marred by other types of ignorance.

My reason informs me that truth is eternal. Absolute truth is always absolutely true or else it is not truth at all. One who seeks Absolute truth will necessarily, then, consider for himself which truths have always been known.

Since the Jewish people lay claim to a philosophy that has existed since the dawn of time, and since it was a philosophy readily at my disposal since my parents had the Old Testament (Hebrew) Scriptures in our home, that is where I began my journey. I first accepted that there is a God based on what I learned through reason and through the Hebrew Scriptures. I went from there to being puzzled about the New Testament, though very inquisitive, and went from being a believer in the Hebrew God straight into Catholicism. I never accepted my parents’ protestant (“Sola Scriptura“) faith because it was (1) subjective and (2) not in accordance with what I was reading in my New Testament.

Incidentally, the first fact I ever heard about the Catholic Church specifically, which piqued my interest and prompted me to investigate further, was from a friend who told me, “The Catholic Church is the same, no matter where you go, no matter even what country you are in.” It is this reality that makes so many non-Catholics believe we Catholics are often arrogant know-it-alls. It’s not that we know so much. It’s just that the few things we do know, we know with Absolute certainty and they are the same things known with Absolute certainty by Catholics in Australia, Korea, Ghana, Poland and every other nation. They are also the same things known by Catholics in the First Century, the Sixteenth Century and in the 21st Century, although we have grown in what we know since the First Century.

I hope this explains adequately and concisely how it is that I have sought truth and why it has led me to the Catholic Church.

Sincerely,

Lisa

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