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The Death of Truth: What's Wrong With Multiculturalism, the Rejection of Reason and the New Postmodern Diversity [Paperback]

By Dennis McCallum (A01)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1996
Publisher   Bethany House
ISBN  1556617240  
EAN  9781556617249  


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America is in the midst of a revolution, in thinking that impacts every conceivable aspect of life. Postmodernism, the guiding spirit of our times, teaches that things like reason and rationality are cultural biases, and that truth---especially God's truth-doesn't exist. A society that forsakes truth believes that All lifestyles, religions, and world views are equally valid The only real sin is criticizing someone else's views or moral choices Opinions matter as much as evidence Reality is in the mind of the beholder.

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Whatever Happened to Truth?America is in the midst of a revolution in thinking that impacts every conceivable aspect of life. Postmodernism, the guiding spirit of our times, teaches that things like reason and rationality are cultural biases, and that truth--especially God's truth--doesn't exist. A society that forsakes truth believes thatAll lifestyles, religions, and worldviews are equally validThe only real sin is criticizing someone else's views or moral choicesOpinions matter as much as evidenceReality is in the mind of the beholder.Not since Charles Darwin confronted Christians with his doctrine of naturalistic evolution has the church faced a challenge for which it is so ill-prepared. We are witnessing The Death of Truth.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! During Dennis McCallum's first year in college he began taking his friends to home Bible studies he and friends had formed. As the group developed they also began a publishing enterprise. When their group grew to include several high school and adult home groups in the central Ohio area, Dennis realized his need to get more training He completed his seminary training at Ashland Theological Seminary and returned to continue developing the group in Columbus, Ohio.


Dennis and his colleagues formed a new ministry group in 1994 called -The Crossroads Project, - to teach apologetics to the church at large. Their book, The Death of Truth (Bethany House) addresses the subject of postmodernism, which they call the guiding spirit of our times. They show that American society has forsaken truth, that reason and rationality are viewed as cultural biases, and that truth--especially God's truth--doesn't exist. Dennis McCallum, with others from Xenos also presents a Postmodern Challenge Conference at universities throughout the country


Dennis, his wife and children are all involved in activities and ministries in Xenos. They make their home in Ohio.

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excellent exposue, a guide to current culture  Nov 16, 2008
This book makes avaliable to the reader an explanation of what we are witnessing in our current cuture: post modernism, in the ultimate of understandable terms.
 
Thought Provoking and Intelligent  Jan 30, 2008
This book was really eye and mind opening as to the state of our culture. It is great to see commonly accepted "group thinking" challenged. A great read for anyone who is wondering why things are the way they are today. Thank goddness people will challenge current thinking.
 
A Must Read  Jan 14, 2006
Dennis McCallum has done a great job explaining why nothing in our society seems to make sense any longer. The book is, mildly stated, a masterpiece, though it does demand a better than average I.Q. and an academic background. It is not for feather brains and airheads. The first few chapters are heavy slogging, but well worth the trouble. Near the end, McCallum fits the puzzle together, and the book makes a great deal of sense. I recommend this book not only to Christians, but especially to secular thinkers,who are now beginning to ask themselves what has gone wrong in our Western world view .
 
Sums Up Our Society Perfectly  Jun 5, 2004
Of the hundreds of books I've ever read, this is one of the most important.

It deals with postmodernism--the use of moral relativism and other forms of illogic to restructure society according to the whims of subversives.

Postmodernists use feelings and intuition instead of reason to arrive at their conclusions, and examples of this can be seen all around us. Postmodernists think that Reagan, not the Soviet Union, was the warmonger in the Eighties; they think that America was responsible for 9/11/01, not the terrorists; they think that those who oppose affirmative action and hiring quotas are racists; they think that people who commit crimes, not those brutalized by crime, are victims.

If you want to have it driven home just how much liberals and postmodernists who use emotion instead of logic to form their opinions have an extraordinarily difficult time discerning, making judgments, and assigning blame in any given situation and almost seem to be programmed to come to the wrong conclusion about virtually all present-day issues, get this book. We see this constantly, but to see all of these examples in one place is a true eye-opener.
 
The Death of Reason  May 26, 2003
The book The Death of Truth edited by Dennis McCallum attempts to uncover the postmodernism that is slowly leaking into the practitions of politics, health care, literature, education, history, psychotherapy, law, science, and religion. Since postmodernism is arguably the new worldview of some people in these professions, understanding their perspective is important. However, the attitude of the authors towards postmodernism is very negative right from the beginning, with chapter one setting up a dualism with Christian worldview on one side and postmodernism on the other. As such, the biases of the authors are clear. The beliefs of postmodernism are often stated in the worst negative way and without citation as to where these beliefs are found.
Altogether, the editors seem to be writing more out of the personal angst they feel towards postmodernism than a rational discussion of the topic. The back cover reads, “Not since Charles Darwin confronted Christians with his doctrine of naturalistic evolution has the church faced a challenge for which it is so ill-prepared. We are witnessing THE DEATH OF TRUTH.” This is a little over the top, even for a teaser. But, once inside the book, Dennis McCallum and the other contributors manage to raise the sensational tone to an even higher level. "Now, in the late twentieth century, we are caught up in a revolution that will likely dwarf Darwinism in its impact on every aspect of thought and culture: postmodernism" (p. 12). Where circumspection would seem advised, exclamations, proclamations, and dire predictions abound. The connections between “cultural historians” and the devaluation of facts that lead to "reckless manipulation of history" (p. 140) is strained, relying more on rhetorical questions than the facts that the author is so proud of (p. 138). As a result, The Death of Truth often goes beyond its stated goal of bringing "postmodernism . . . within the reach of people who have never studied it" (p. 4) and crosses the line into misinformation.
An embarrassing example of this is where the New Age movement, along with films The Mission and Jurassic Park and rock bands Offspring and Green Day, are all lumped together under the ominously italicized rubric of postmodernism (p. 47). In this the author shows his extreme ignorance, The Mission celebrates the western missionaries and their sacrifices to save the natives from slavery. The author also seems to see any critique of new technology, determining whether or not it is more beneficial to humanity than a more traditional method, to be postmodern cynicism. This painting with a broad brush seems to promote less understanding among "the popular audience" and more misunderstanding and a witch-hunting mentality. Replace the word “postmodern” with any number of substitutes €"New Age, communism, feminism, secular humanism" and the results would be similar: another shadowy "something" for Christians to chase through the sea of half-truths.
In form the book does not reach beyond its circle of beliefs. The information for further reading is nothing more than a plug for the organization the authors work for. Anyone who wishes to learn more and read original works by postmodernists, or even more scholarly articles against postmodernism, is left lost (p. 9). Technically, the index is misleading in many places.
In general, this book is entirely negative on postmodernism in all its forms, no matter what. The tone is sarcastic and immature, implying that all who do not follow the line of argument are dense or, worse, infected with postmodernism already. Many of the authors make definitive statements on various issues without backing up where that statement is given in original sources. An example of this technique is seen in the following sentence: "New Age consciousness and postmodernism share an overlapping philosophical base" (p. 50). No citation is given for this statement, nor is this statement explained or explicated further. Instead, sentences like these dropped in as ways to vilify postmodernism beyond any rational comprehension.
 

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