What is True?

John Lukacs

“Lukacs idea of truth corresponds to the Judeo-Christian view of the human condition, according to which man, although made in the image of God, is nevertheless a finite creature predisposed to error and sin.  Evil is at the heart of the human will and personality; it originates in and with man himself.  “We are not Gods,” Lukacs proclaims, “but historical beings, and the fallible descendants of Adam.”  Insufficient unto themselves, men cannot comprehend the full meaning of their existence.  Immersed in nature and in history, they are at the same time acutely conscious of their struggle to transcend the constraints imposed upon them.  In doing so, they are tempted to raise themselves above their proper station.  Usurping the role of God, men distort their relation to the divine and the eternal.  “Sicut eritus dei,” Satan promised: You shall be as God.  Soon, though almost invariably too late to save themselves from folly, men discovered the barrenness of such pretensions.  The rational ordering and interpretation of historical experience fail to elucidate the whole.  “And here,” Lukacs confesses, “our knowledge, our understanding, our very imagination stops . . . , because in the entire universe the meaning of God may be the only meaning that exists independent of our consciousness.”  Truth endures ― else why pursue it? ― but, Lukacs concludes, “pure truth” belongs to God alone, the changeless source of man’s being.” ― Remembered Past; On History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, by John Lukacs, Page xvii, Preface, edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2005 ISI Books.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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