Ities and isms

We often equate ‘ity’ with ‘ism’. But they are not the same. The problem with all isms is that each takes an ‘ity’ to be absolute. It is a reduction of the whole into just an aspect of the whole. When truth is reduced into an ism, what happens is a simplification of reality. Therefore, there is some truth in that ism, but it is not true in its totality, as a system. As Rev. Stephen Tong says, “Epistemological chaos happens when men try to absolutize what is not absolute and relativize what is absolute.”


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