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Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism Paperback – June 1, 2000
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I am the author of eleven books:
1. Unmasking the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1986)
2. Confronting the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1988)
3. Revealing the New Age Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 1990)
4. Christianity That Counts (Baker Books, 1994)
5. Deceived by the Light (Harvest House, 1995)
6. Jesus in an Age of Controversy (Harvest House, 1996)
7. The Soul in Cyberspace (Baker Books, 1997)
8. Truth Decay (InterVarsity Press, 2000)
9. On Jesus (Wadsworth, 2003)
10. On Pascal (Wadsworth, 2003)
11. Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011)
I also co-edited the volume, In Defense of Natural Theology: A Post-Humean Assessment (InterVarsity Press, 2005) with James Sennett.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is an attempt to touch on various aspects of the postmodernist issue. Groothuis spends a good deal of time deconstructing the postmodernist objection to universal truth and its embrace of 'cultural truths', along with the worldview's inability to provide any basis for the many presuppositions it makes. He also analyzes the massive internal inconsistencies prevalent throughout postmodern thought and eloquently demonstrates that many adherents to postmodernism tend to be first in line to fail the litmus tests of their own worldview. He also analyzes the issue of whether language can express truths beyond itself, which is a common assertion among prominent postmodernists. Groothuis also spends a chapter looking at the dangerous apologetics that some prominent Christians have developed which resemble postmodernist thinking. In many of these areas, Groothuis's analysis is thorough and excellent, with an emphasis on heavy quotation from those he is critiquing.
Although somewhat minor, I must also say that I thought the cover of the paperback was outstanding. The cover depicts a barren landscape, almost a wasteland. This illustration is very applicable to the postmodern worldview. After reading this book, I think quite a few readers will rightly conclude that postmodernism is an extremely depressing and hopeless way of thinking about the world and its inhabitants.Read more ›
One of my favorite quotes: "The postmodern condition may induce a kind of value vertigo, a disorientation regarding matters that matter." Isn't that a wonderful statement? Look at the changes in our culture prompted by the Progressive's and one quickly feels thing are upside down.
"Truth Decay" is about defending objective truth. The truth of Spirit filled theologians like Luther, Augustine, Calvin and Edwards.
It is a must read and a keeper. It will bless you.
It is a tad hard to read but the effort will be greatly rewarded. I loved it.
In case you can't tell from the book title, summary, and reviews, this is a book about how postmodernism is bad. Except... the author defines postmodernism as a worldview that dismisses the scientific view of Truth (as in the nature of truth) that began with Modernism to be misguided, and instead rejects truth entirely; that is, to Groothius, postmodernism is relativism (the belief that there is no objective truth). He holds up Richard Rorty as his main example of this. There's one slight problem with this... the dictionary disagrees. According to Webster, postmodernism is "a late-20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of 'art'." Note the lack of statements on the nature of Truth; there have been postmodernists on both sides of the fence on the issue. In fact, many postmodernists have rejected relativism due to the fact that you can't really support social justice through relativism. Groothius completely ignores this and instead focuses on what he calls "truth decay" (title drop). Truth decay is exactly what it sounds like; a perceived decay in the belief in objective truth. This is where I really start to have issues with Groothius' logic.Read more ›
Point: Postmodernism has corrupted any foundation upon which man may stand. This must be evaluated, critiqued, and challenged in a thoughtful and biblical manner.
Path: Groothuis leads the reader through the barren landscape of modernism to postmodernism. He stops along the way to explain a biblical view of truth and how postmodernism has undermined it. He writes on ethics, race, gender, and beauty. He concludes with a short appendix on the medium of television.
Sources: Francis Schaeffer, C. S. Lewis, etc. He challenges men such as Rorty and others.
Agreement: Groothuis offers a helpful overview of the postmodern mindset and the predicament that thinkers find themselves in today. He references a wide group of authors and intellectuals, and helps to categorize their ideologies.
Disagreement: I would have liked to see more interaction with the afore mentioned authors. He quotes others, but does not spend much time wrestling with their ideas. This leads to a second frustration, that of the plethora of quoted material. One gets a sense of what Groothuis thinks, but must read between the "quoted" lines.
Personal App: There is a proper way to evaluate, critique, and challenge the postmodern worldview - it is through the base of Scripture.
Favorite Quote: "If there is no beauty beyond the eye of the beholder, art becomes merely a tool for social influence, political power and personal expression; the category of obscenity is as obsolete as the ideal of beauty." (Kindle Locations 200-201).
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would like to recommend Truth Decay; Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism by Douglas Groothuis. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Randy D.
"True for you, but not for me." That expression illustrates the nature of the disease attacking truth today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allan D Perkins
I find quite many sage thoughts in this work, however, author waffles much and open thoughts which are not completed rather just left dangling.Published 9 months ago by GodsAmbassador
Great book, easy read. Fascinating. A must read for any christian.Published 13 months ago by Sara Sanchez
Excellent work on how truth is decayed and how culture is being chipped away.Published 16 months ago by Terry Grondahl
I am a person of average intelligence perhaps even slightly above, and I am having difficulty with following along. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Kenneth C Lowery
I think this book is invaluable to all Christian interested in apologetics. I was a good text book for my course at the seminary.Published on August 8, 2013 by Merle Randy Lightle
Need to read it completely before I comment on content. Book gives account as to where we are going as a society..away from God.Published on March 19, 2013 by Shelton R. Welch