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A monopoly on “Truth”


By Mark Azzara

Dear Friend,

I received an automated email from The New York Times offering a discount on subscriptions, with bold text proclaiming: “Truth. It demands your support.” You can’t argue with The Times on that one. But what really caught my eye in The Times’ email was the subject line: “The truth is what we do better.”

The Times is guilty of double-speak. On the one hand it states an unequivocal truth; on the other, it arrogantly claims to set the standard for truth.

But more importantly, the email makes an inspired distinction between “Truth” (capital T) and “The truth” (lower-case t). In spiritual terms there’s a huge difference. Capital-T Truth is a name; lower-case-t truth is a thing, a mere noun. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life” – i.e., this is who he is, not merely what he is interested in. Truth is another name for Jesus.

Humans have a penchant for stripping a word of its power and true meaning simply by lower-casing it and thus implying it’s something we can perceive and thus control. But if Truth is – i.e., if Truth exists, independent of us – then we are presumptuous to think we can reduce it to an intellectual or mental concept that we can grasp.

All of us, myself included, should remember there is only so much the human mind can comprehend, let alone convey. To put it another way: we’re not God. And humility demands that we acknowledge and “support” this capital-T Truth.

All God’s blessings – Mark

Mark Azzara

About Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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