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Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism Paperback – June 1, 2000
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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.
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 ›
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Extremely boring. Hard to focus on because of his writing style.Published 3 months ago by Rightfully Dead
I read this book because it was a required textbook for a course on the theology of the Trinity, the theology of the seven capital sins, and the philosophy of postmodernism. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Luthien22
"True for you, but not for me." That expression illustrates the nature of the disease attacking truth today. Read morePublished 14 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 15 months ago by GodsAmbassador
Great book, easy read. Fascinating. A must read for any christian.Published 20 months ago by Sara Sanchez
Excellent work on how truth is decayed and how culture is being chipped away.Published 22 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