Posts Tagged ‘ elephant ’


„There is an admirable air of humility about the statement that the truth is much greater than any one person or any one religious tradition can grasp. The statement is no doubt true, but it can be used against the truth when it is used to neutralizie any affirmation of the truth. How does the speaker know that the trutz is so much greater than this particular affirmation of it – for example, that „Jesus Christ is the truth“? What privileged access to reality does he have? In the famous story of the blind men and the elephant, so often quoted in the interests of religious agnosticism, the real point of the story is constantly overlooked. The story is told from the point of view of the king and his courtiers, who are not blind but can see that the blind men are unable to grasp the full reality of the elephant and are only able to get hold of part of the truth. (…) If the king were also blind there would be no story. The story is told by the  king, and it is the immensly arrogant claim of one who sees the full truth which all the world’s religions are only groping after. It embodies the claim to know the full reality which relativizes all the claims of the religions and philosophies.“ (Lesslie Newbigin; The Gospel in a Pluralist Society)