The truth about truth ii: Truth lives

Dead data.

That is the dominant, contemporary, sterile notion of truth.  The notion that truth can be accumulated and stock-piled.  You don’t even need to decide which parts of it are important, never mind act on it.  Think Wikipedia.

But in Scripture truth is actualized and lived.  And if it isn’t, then it isn’t truth yet —- not in a sense that matters.

Deuteronomy, for example, urges the children of Israel, “Teach your children the Law and to do it.” The last phrase is added over and over again, because it stresses a fundamental truth about truth.

A truth doesn’t matter until you live it.

About Frederick Schmidt

The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and consulting editor at Church Publishing in New York. He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as several books: A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009), and The Dave Test (Abingdon, 2013). He and his wife, Natalie (who is also an academic and an Episcopal priest), live in Highland Park, Illinois, with their Gordon Setter, Hilda of Whitby. They have four children and four grandchildren: Henry, Addie, Heidi, and Sophie.


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