“If it works it is true.”

Anyone see anything wrong with that?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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9 Responses to Pragmatism.

  1. I don’t know – it works for me!

  2. rookie1987 says:

    Yep I see something wrong with that ;D
    Salt and Light

  3. One of my favorite words Ethics should play a pretty huge part in seeing something wrong with “it”

  4. Just because something works doesn’t mean that it is true. Let’s take the operating system windows. Thousands of people use it all the time, yes it works, gets the job done until your computer becomes gradually slower and slower, is infected with viruses, and eventually crashes. It may have worked at first but it is not a true system b/c it has holes in it where viruses can creep in to eventually take over and over until it doesn’t run anymore.If someone comes up to you with a gun and says give me your money, it may have worked but that it not true either. It is wrong for someone to do that.Go back to Genesis back to Adam and Eve eating the apple, yes it worked to give them wisdom, but it wasn’t true because God originally said don’t do it. Just because something works doesn’t mean that people should do it or take part in it.Since we live in a world full of sin (fallen)the only real thing that is true is God and following His word, His commands.

  5. rookie1987 says:

    If someone asks a question and you give them an answer that is a lie. The lie works to answer their question but is not true.
    Salt and Light

  6. There seems to be a false concept within this statement. It is saying the practicallity is equivolent with truth. Since any specific thing/idea may be more or less practical for one person than for another person, truth would equally have to be equally subjective. This would fit nicely in our post modern society, but it could not be universally accepted in a Christian world view where absolutes exist. A better way to apply this statement would be to break it down:-Understand what truth is, apart from the situation at hand.-If it works, it works. (If it doesn’t work, then there’s no need to move on)-If practicallity is confirmed, THEN re-check for morality/appropriateness/truthfullnessAsa

  7. I like BASSplayerACE’s way of working through an issue.  To say that it works is part of the scheme.  Could we add that we should first check for legitimate solutions to a problem before we act?

  8. Elijah1313 says:

    It depends on what your definition of “works” is. If by works, you are meaning just merely accomplishing what you set out to do, take for instance the student who does just enough work to get a passing grade and disregards anything else or by works you mean just setting out to be happy and fulfilled, as the person who is a devout Jew and lives to the standards they believe, then perhaps your statement holds some validity. But if by works, you are suggesting that you need to complete a task or whatever will full excellence, correctness, and righteousness (as I am supposing most Christians would) then it would seem that the statement proves itself false because although someone might feel as Hinduism or Judaism “works”, by their very definition they don’t because they are not correct which therefore make them not true.I hope I am articulating this clear enough, it is making a lot more sense in my head! I suppose this also depends on how someone would define “true”.

  9. alexgoreham says:

    No, I don’t think this is a true concept. From what i have found online, This whole way of thinking is about how there is on real truth. Truth is shaped by reality. The Bible claims ultimate truth, so therefore, it does not matter where we are, the truth about God is always the same. I my family dies in a car crash, it does not mean that God does not love me anymroe. Experience should not determine truth. ALEX GOREHAM

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