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True Truth: Defending Absolute Truth in a Relativistic World [Paperback]

By Art Lindsley, Cynthia Martin (Illustrator), Barbara Schulz (Illustrator), Chris Bruce (Contributor), Kyle Gann (Contributor), Angela L. Coe, Open University (Corporate Author) & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 8, 2004
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830832351  
EAN  9780830832354  


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Conventional wisdom holds that any belief in absolutes, especially of a religious nature, leads inevitably to the oppressive absolutism of such movements as the Inquisition, the Crusades and even Nazism. As a result, Christian apologists have been hard-pressed to make a case for the rational absolutes that are a necessary part of belief in Jesus. Art Lindsley takes up the task in this book. While maintaining the indispensability of absolutes, he ably demonstrates that faith in Christ is necessarily opposed to and incompatible with the abuses of oppression, arrogance, intolerance, self-righteousness, closed-mindedness and defensiveness. Surprisingly, Lindsley shows, it is relativism that often harbors dangerous, inflexible absolutisms. Threatening not only belief in Christ, relativism goes so far as to promote suspicion of those who would assert moral values or rational argumentation of any kind. Here is a book that actively challenges relativism, preparing the way for more effectively proclaiming the gospel and living Christianly in a postmodern world.

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Conventional wisdom holds that any belief in absolutes, especially of a religious nature, leads inevitably to the oppressive absolutism of such movements as the Inquisition, the Crusades and even Nazism. As a result, Christian apologists have been hard-pressed to make a case for the rational absolutes that are a necessary part of belief in Jesus. Art Lindsley takes up the task in True Truth. While maintaining the indispensability of absolutes, he ably demonstrates that faith in Christ is necessarily opposed to and incompatible with the abuses of oppression, arrogance, intolerance, self-righteousness, closed-mindedness and defensiveness. Surprisingly, Lindsley shows that it is relativism which often harbors dangerous, inflexible absolutisms. Here is a book that actively challenges the dismissal of truth, preparing the way for more effectively proclaiming the gospel and living Christianly in a postmodern world.

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More About Art Lindsley, Cynthia Martin, Barbara Schulz, Chris Bruce, Kyle Gann, Angela L. Coe, Open University & B. Teissier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Art Lindsley is senior fellow at the C. S. Lewis Institute in Springfield, Virginia. He is a conference and retreat speaker, and he has taught extensively at several theological seminaries. He is also ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. His books includeTrue Truth, C. S. Lewis's Case for Christ and Classical Apologetics, which he cowrote with R. C. Sproul and John Gerstner. He and his wife, Connie, partner in a teaching and discipleship ministry, Oasis, based in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Great Defense Of Christianity In Non Absolute World  Sep 6, 2006
I believe this book really gets to the heart of the matter in how our current culture thinks, lives, and behaves. Christians need an intelligent and well-thought out answer to the absolutes we hold in a way that best communicates to the relevastic culture now prevelent. This book was a great tool in providing the various means and the skills and answers necessary and important in communicating the eternal truths of the Christian faith in a manner that makes sense to the non-Christian culture.
 
It's a matter of proportion  Jul 6, 2006
Another work attacking a straw man. Yes, there are definitely extremists who say that it is impossible for us to know anything. But there's nothing wrong - indeed, everything right - with recognizing that everything we know exists in a context and the degree if certainty we can have about what we think we know will vary. Boyle's Law is not socially-constructed, for example. On the other hand, the idea that homosexuality is a great evil stands on very shaky ground. And the idea of absolute truth, the idea that truth can exist independent of *any* context whatsoever, is just plain dumb. Even Boyle's Law depends on the actual observed behavior of gases under varying conditions of temperature and pressure.
 
Turning relativism on its head  Sep 20, 2004
The book's main premise is that relativism (postmodernism, the belief that nothing can be known, so reality is just a tale that we spin) is self-refuting. Moreover, relativism is an uncommonly intolerant position, because while claiming to practice tolerance, relativists reject *all* truth-claims. Instead of offering tolerance and freedom to everyone, they offer it to no one.

Contrary to what some of the associated links might suggest, this is not a political book. People who believe in objective values comprise practically the whole political spectrum, from left to right.
 
Very concise...  Jul 3, 2004
The motto of the post modern age seems to be "even if that's true for you, it doesn't have to be true for me." Intolerance is the unpardonable sin to the pomo mindset, and that leaves Christians as heretics to the new order. Christians have been labeled as intolerant, arrogant, and narrow minded for insisting that there are absalutes. Often, we can add defensive to that list, as we try to defend our stance.

**** To address this, Art Lindsley has written a concise book that will explain why absalute truth is real and how to defend your beliefs without being arrogant or defensive. His source list is impressive, his arguments, logical. All together, this is a fascinating, scholarly treatise. ****

Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.

 

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