"What is Truth? "
At one of the most famous trials of
time, at the trial of Jesus Christ, some
two thousand years ago, the question is posed by the Judge,
Pontious Pilate, "What
is Truth?" A two thousand year riddle
that we may be able to answer. The answer was eventually nailed to the
a positive message + where science
religion may finally cross.
Some two thousand years later, we attempt
to answer the question by understanding what a half-truth is and
side to truth; we also correct the definition of truth, half-truth and
(Confirmation was received from OXFORD
PRESS Jan 20, 1994, that the suggested corrections to the definitions
be taken into account when the definitions came up for review: P.
Senior Editor: Oxford English Dictionary)
In fact, you may eventually
that it was a half-truth
that resulted in the verdict at the trail when the question was asked,
A half-truth is the unknown negative side to truth; a truth that is a
a truth but not the whole truth. A half-truth is totally true in its
dimension, but only part of The truth in a greater dimension and or in
the infinite capacity.
A half-truth, when it produces a
conclusion, is a deceptive lie. In some cases the conclusion reached or
presented by truths or truth that is based on a half-truth, and The
would be the same, so that the deception is not there. Deception is the
ultimate component of a half-truth, and not that it is merely not The
Truth; the materiality factor.
A half-truth could be the classic "white
or what we call an anti+truth. It
is a lie based
on omission. Silence being
a somewhat related lie.*
(Please note that the current definition
of half-truth is incorrect as are the definitions of truth and lie).
Currently the definition of
reads that a half-truth is a statement that mingles truth and falsehood
to form a lie, which is incorrect; that would be a half-true statement
and not a half-truth. The confusion would have been avoided if the term
half-truth would be replaced with half-the-truth, or anti+truth. The
"the" is an important one: a truth, the truth, & The Truth.
The definitions of truth and lie must
be corrected to reflect the implicatons of a half-truth; a truth can be
a lie, and a lie can be a truth.
Newly discovered dimensions of both
and lie. On the positive side,
we should also be aware that a
may deceive both the speaker and the listener; here we have a
problem. Their may be no intent by the speaker to deceive but by not
what level of truth is required,
or the purpose of the quesiton may
forget to tell the truths
that may be critical to arriving at
The World and Science, is full of
half-truths. Today in most trials, we are sworn in by swearing to "Tell
the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." Appreciating
the difference between truth, a truth, and The truth, would suggest
the question be rephrased to ask that you tell only truths, and tell
the truths you know. To tell The truth would require knowing an
number of truths, and all truths; a capacity that would be very
to achieve. The truth includes truths that no one would be aware of ;
question should be re-examined.