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Living the Truth

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Our society places a high value on truth but is confused about the nature of truth and truth-telling. We often equate truth with "the facts," but factual accuracy is only one aspect of the truth. We are all pilgrims on the way to truth, Jones believes. In these meditations he draws on a wide spectrum of theology, literature, and the arts to aid us in the journey toward truth.

These twelve meditations look at truth as fact, fiction, narrative, covenant, betrothal, and mystery. ...

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Overview

Our society places a high value on truth but is confused about the nature of truth and truth-telling. We often equate truth with "the facts," but factual accuracy is only one aspect of the truth. We are all pilgrims on the way to truth, Jones believes. In these meditations he draws on a wide spectrum of theology, literature, and the arts to aid us in the journey toward truth.

These twelve meditations look at truth as fact, fiction, narrative, covenant, betrothal, and mystery. What might it mean to act truthfully? What is the relationship between truth-telling and integrity? How does telling the truth make us whole? What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the Truth?

"Truth is a matter of trust," Jones writes. "Trust holds human beings together. It is fundamental to the mystery of covenant. Truth as trust is a matter of discernment, of knowing where we should locate ourselves in the human drama, of knowing when to speak and when to keep silent. There is nothing more poignant in the spiritual life than knowing the truth but having to remain silent because the time is not yet right."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alan Jones is the Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and former professor of ascetical theology at the General Theological Seminary. His many books include Exploring Spiritual Direction, Living the Truth, Journey Into Christ, Soul Making, Passion for Pilgrimage, and The Soul's Journey.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781561011834
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: The New Church's Teaching Ser.
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Truth as Fact
1. The Truth about John
2. Respect for the Facts
3. Finding a Story Faithful to the Facts
Part Two: Truth as Fiction
4. The Craft of Truth-Telling
5. Stories That Hold Us Together
6. Truth and Cunning
Part Three: Truth as Relationship
7. Pilgrims of the Truth
8. Truth as Betrothal
9. Truth as Moral Adventure
Part Four: Truth as Mystery
10. Wonder and Gratitude
11. The Music of Trust
12. The Kingdom of Love and Truth
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