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"Truth Decay explains how God's truth ignites our passion for Him in a world gone numb with endless distractions, infuses our lives with objective meaning in a chaotic and pointless culture, and benefits His people together in community. As such, Groothius' work will help pastors who are seeking to deliver God's truth in culturally relevant ways." (Stephen Scheperle, Enrichment, Fall 2008)

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Douglas R. Groothuis (PhD, Philosophy, University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has also been a visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (Colorado Springs extension), Metropolitan State College of Denver, Westminster Theological Seminary (California campus), University of Oregon, New College Berkeley and Seattle Pacific University. His articles have been published in professional journals such as Religious Studies, Sophia, Theory and Research in Education, Philosophia Christi, Themelios, Think: A Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Christian Scholar's Review, Inquiry and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written several books, including Truth Decay, In Defense of Natural Theology (coeditor), Unmasking the New Age, Jesus in an Age of Controversy, Deceived by the Light, The Soul in Cyberspace, and, in the Wadsworth Philosophers Series, On Pascal and On Jesus.
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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; PRINT-ON-DEMAND edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830822283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830822287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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By J. F Foster on December 21, 2001
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Groothuis has done a good job in this book of profiling postmodernism and discrediting it in light of its devastating theories on truth and living. In the process, he does a good job of affirming the reality of universal truth and showing how Christianity's worldview best honors absolute truth in comparison to other worldviews, most notably postmodernism.
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.
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I am an Apologist and consider "Truth Decay" a necessary reference. My copy is highlighted, marked up and tabbed.
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.
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"A venerable old Russian proverb claims that `one word of truth outweighs the world.'" (Kindle Location 101).
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.
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I would like to recommend Truth Decay; Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism by Douglas Groothuis. Not since the late Walter Martin have I read a book this good on Apologetics. This is a good addition to your library
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Truth Decay provides a much needed Christian critique of Postmodernism. There is a lot philosophical technical jargon that the reader maybe unfamiliar with. The average reader may find the subject matter boring, but I urge any sincere Christian to read this book. Panning for gold is an arduous task, but the work is well worth it once the gold is found. The same analogy holds true for Truth Decay. There are many precious nuggets of knowledge related to absolute truth and how the individual can know what truth is and how it impacts the life of the Christian believer.
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Douglas Groothuis spends most of this book ranting and raving against Postmodernism and deeming it godless relativism (which is an extremely narrow understanding of postmodernism). I would suggest reading Postmodernism 101 by Heath White
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