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Overview InterVarsity Press Publication The concept of absolute truth has eroded over time. Groothuis demonstrates that the basic tenets of postmodernism are intellectually flawed and hostile to Christian views. In this biblical and logical presentation, he unveils how truth has come under attack and how it can be defended in the areas of theology, apologetics, ethics, and the arts.
Publishers Description A 2001 Christianity Today Award of Merit winner The concept of truth as absolute, objective and universal has undergone serious deterioration in recent years. No longer is it a goal for all to pursue. Rather postmodernism sees truth as inseparable from culture, psychology, race and gender. Ultimately, truth is what we make it to be. What factors have accelarated this decay of truth? Why are people willing to embrace such a devalued concept? How does this new view compare and contrast with a Christian understanding? While postmodernism contains some truthful insights (despite its attempt to dethrone truth), Douglas Groothuis sees its basic tenets as intellectually flawed and hostile to Christian views. In this spirited presentation of a solid, biblical and logical perspective, Groothuis unveils how truth has come under attack and how it can be defended in the vital areas of theology, apologetics, ethics and the arts.
Awards and Recognitions Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism by Douglas R. Groothuis has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2001 Winner - Award of Merit category
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.25" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.99" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2000
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
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ISBN 0830822283 ISBN13 9780830822287
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More About Douglas R. Groothuis
Groothuis lectures widely and gives workshops on the New Age Movement while undertaking Ph.D. studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
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Good content; a little dry Jul 4, 2006
The author covers the erosion of truth in our culture very thoroughly, but it can get a bit dry and repetitive at times. It's full of good examples of truth decay that is going on all around us today.
Sad... Mar 16, 2006
Even if one is sympathetic to Groothuis's broad concern, one can't help but be disappointed with this text. This book is a bad regurgitation of other bad and reductive non-readings of `pomo'. Groothuis depends way too highly on secondary (and sometimes tertiary) sources. It escapes me how a former reviewer could call this work `scholarly.' I suppose if one considers Logic 101 tinged with the usual fundamentalist `defender of the Faith' rhetoric and aura (which hovers over every page), then this could be called `scholarly.'
The big problem I found is that even when Groothuis offers defensible criticisms, his alternatives end up being just as problematic as the positions he criticizes. For all his advocacy for a correspondence theory of truth, his tone betrays a penchant for certainty and formal coherence. He falls into the problem of the relation between thought and `reality,' representation to presentation, the role of language, and so forth. No doubt God comes to save the day with all these problems, yet on the very justificatory terms Groothuis advocates for, God escapes the measure of correspondence and becomes its condition of possibility. In other words, God becomes a structural metaphysical function which `saves' Groothuis's truth from the skeptic. The problem, however, is that Groothuis wants truth to be absolute, universal, and accessible to all, yet he is dependent on a moment (i.e. faith) which, by definition, retains a trace of contingency or `objective' undecidability.
Groothuis's more ethical concerns are where I am more sympathetic, but again, here his polemics and non-reading of the people he criticizes drowned out whatever constructive points he offers. Groothuis practices the same type of irresponsible reflection that some of the `pomo' Evangelical's do: uncriticality. Here, philosophy and reflection - whether Modern or postmodern - becomes a means to simply confirm and justify a complacent status quo, rather than challenging and transforming the status quo. The challenge presented in this book is for a nostalgic return to the good old days of Christendom.
Jesus did not come to `save' our metaphysical systems, but to redeem us and this world. That redemption is not contingent upon accurate representations as Groothuis seems to think. It is madness to the Greek (i.e. the logician) and a stumbling block to the Legalist (i.e. moralistic hypocrites). The task is not to make the faith less crazy or more socially repressive. As James tells us, the measure of `true' faith - and here I will grant a type of reference - is that we `attend to the widow and orphan.' Kerygma without service is dead, a worse lie than any humanism. Perhaps if we began `proving' our faith, that is, manifesting its truth in radical service and justice - we could actually demonstrate the truth to which we testify. I guess it is much easier to `defend the faith' with bad arguments which only convince the already convinced, than to `live the faith': serve the people no one gives a hoot about. After all, in the latter case one cannot fancy oneself a hero in quite the same way.
Truth Termite Exterminator Aug 8, 2005
Postmodernism is like termites, many times eating away the precious structure without much knowledge of the decay taking place. Such is the case outlined by Christian apologist Groothuis in this book.
Modernism has been replaced by postmodernism and the author shows the logical inconsistency of this worldview and truly the untenable position of living its logic out to conclusion.
For some readers who already like this reviewer have now read more works on postmodernism sections of the book on this will only be rehash, but well done it must be said.
What was of great value was Groothuis then reacting to this with what apologetic Christians need to take to help stop these truth termites. He has many good things to consider here, e.g. "presenting the Christian vision as the most cogent explanation for a whole range of facts in accordance with the essential tenets of logic and critieria for evidence that are required for all critical thinking."
He concludes with two excellent chapters, one of "True Beauty" in the arts being redeemed and stripped of its postmoderism, and TV being a significant postmodern termite.
To be read and pondered. Check out also J.W. Montgomery's phenominal work: "Tractatus Logico-Theologicus" Os Guiness's "Time for Truth" Nancy Pearcey's "Total Truth" and Gene Veith's "Postmodern Times."
Highly recommended, scholarly but accessible. Jul 25, 2005
Groothuis is part of a Christian movement that recognizes the serious flaws in th postmodern trend, and seeks to remedy them with rationalthinking and appeals to reason.
This book starts with a basic profile of permodern, modern, and postmodern schools of thought, which is helpful to readers who haven't spent a lot of time studying them. He does so in a way that concisely but accurately captures the essence of each, and then demonstrates the problems with postmodernism and related relativism and pluralism.
Especially interesting to me is a point he makes about art - often considered, even by many absolutists, as a subjective arena of thought. Groothuis makes the point that since art is both reflective of worldview and influential on many peoples' worldviews, it really isn't entirely subjective, either. After sampling some of the tripe that passas for art in modern culture, I must agree with him. There is a reason God finds certain things beautiful, and as we strive to be like Him, we endeavor to emulate His appreciation for true beauty and disdain for what is objectively hideous.
Every student of philosophy and its implications on modern thought would do well to have 'Truth Decay'.
Subverting the virtual with ACTUAL Reality ! Apr 26, 2002
Groothuis does an excellent job in debunking "postmodern" evangelical theological forays while concurrently defending and explicating historic Christianity. Acknowledging Francis Schaeffer and Carl F.H. Henry as paradigmatic influences in his own life, Groothuis is not ashamed to be identified (in our present "innovative" melieu) with such stalwarks that many in the christian academy would probably consider "passe". His trenchant and insuperable criticisms of the logical fallacies, inconsistancies, and pedantic hubris of Stanley Grenz, William Willimon, Philip Kenneson, J.Richard Middleton, Brian Walsh, Lesslie Newbigin, and Nancey Murphy is sure to route this cadre back to their proverbial "drawing board".His reminder that they naively conscript atheist postmodern theoriticians into their cause additionally exposes them as victims of a "guilded" plausabilty crisis and a "loss of nerve" for the cause of Christ. Douglas Groothuis valiantly and convincingly restates the True Truth that is Christianity and "Truth Decay" demands a reading from all of those that would be faithful in our time in "contending for the faith once for all delievered to the saints"! Maybe a few of the aforementioned interlocutors could get Groothuis to provide autographed copies; that is if their not afraid of having their "virtual" subverted by Gods actual reality.