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The meaning of truth has changed ...
Sat Jun 9, 2018 19:57

originally it meant that ... a "true" person was someone with integrity, who could be relied upon. So in the trial of Jesus, where Pilatus asks Jesus rhetorically, "what is the truth" he isn't talking about arithmetic or logic or other rationalist claims. He asked the question cynically, because the story implies he is a corrupt Roman official. As it says in Acts, regarding a later propraetor ... Festus ... "he was expecting a bribe".

Now one can believe that someone has integrity, or one can believe that oneself has integrity. That is a belief. Tolerance shouldn't imply endorsement, but giving someone the benefit of the doubt regarding their integrity. It is natural that people have many beliefs.

So if one has integrity, vs a particular religious practice or belief, then one is sincere in it. You aren't dealing with a "hypokritos" ... aka actor.

Of course for some things even tolerance is hard to justify. Nazis for instance. But a Nazi can have integrity, if they are the real thing. You can respect someone for that. Nazis fought to the bitter end ... something that the appeasers in France and England did not ... they were lacking in integrity. Fortunately Churchill had enough to go around.

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    • The meaning of truth has changed ... — Baruch, Sat Jun 9 19:57
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