True Truth: Defending Absolute Truth in a Relativistic 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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Jack Kemp
"Art Lindsley has written a valuable primer on defending the existence of absolute truth in all areas of life without being an absolutist."
Ravi Zacharias
"I have known and appreciated for many years the efforts of Art Lindsley at the C. S. Lewis Institute. He rightly notes that truth is the most important issue for the church and culture in the twenty-first century. Here he invites his readers into a vivid conversation with one who attempts to challenge the absolute nature of truth and step by step shows us that such truth is real and can be known. Students will find his work especially helpful and winsome as they encounter conflicting ideas in the university. This is an outstanding piece of work and I highly recommend it."
Charles W. Colson
"Art Lindsley, an able Christian scholar and advocate, has tackled the central issue of our time--truth. Is it knowable? Are absolutes oppressive? This goes to the very heart of how we live as a culture. True Truth is a helpful guide to some of the tough questions Christians have to face in today's world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830832354
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,226,270
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

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 include True 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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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPart 1: Absolutes without Absolutism
1. What Is Truth?
2. True Tolerance
3. Right, Not Righteous
4. Assertions Without Arrogance
5. Infallible Absolutes, Fallible People
6. Infallible Absolutes, Fallen Situations
7. Defense without DefensivenessPart 2: Argument Against Relativism
8. When Arguments Fail
9. Absolutists in Disguise?
10. Consequences of the Denial
11. Relativism Self-Destructs
12. Everybody's Right and Nobody's Right
13. No Room for Evil
14. Truth that Transforms
Notes
Recommended Books
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    Very concise...

    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. ****

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