Dangerous God: A Defense of Transcendent Truth

Dangerous God: A Defense of Transcendent Truth

by Albert Norton

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Overview

Why is the world so crazy? Why have we lost the ability to agree on fundamental truths? Everyone seems to be running toward something, but could it be that we are running away from something greater? In Dangerous God: A Defense of Transcendent Truth, Albert Norton makes the case that confronting the reality of God in the postmodern world is a dangerous proposition. Dangerous to our most cherished notions of reality. Dangerous to our comfortable worldview and how we see ourselves. To find out why this postmodern turn has come to pass, Norton insists we must ask ourselves Pilate's age-old question: What is truth?

It could be that in the postmodern age we don't merely disagree about whether something is true, but that we disagree about how truth and values are formed in the first place. To begin to understand this, we really must start with how we think and form value judgments in general. We share an orientation to objective truth, in our thinking, and we build on rational processes of binary differentiation. This should lead us to an objective and real hierarchy of ideals, rather than a subjective or socially-produced narrative.

To understand this, a history of truth formation is presented, distinguishing the medieval to modern periods, and then the modern to postmodern, highlighting the thinking of Descartes, Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, William James, and John Dewey, among many others. This leads to a discussion of truth at the hands of postmodernists such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Richard Rorty. The purpose is to trace the intellectual movements shaping the determination of truth and values, from individualism to collectivism, correspondence theory to pragmatism, anxiety about meaning as expressed in existentialism, and Marxism re-worked for cultural application-the "woke" movement.

The author concludes: Truth exists as a real and extant feature of the universe. It is objective and unchanging and "out there." It resides in and emanates from and is personified in God, the ideal of the ideals; the pinnacle of the hierarchy of values that we perceive, rather than create.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943003495
Publisher: New English Review Press dba Wrld Encounter Inst
Publication date: 05/24/2021
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

ALBERT NORTON, JR. is a writer and attorney working in the American South. He is author of Dangerous God: A Defense of Transcendent Truth (2021) concerning formation of truth and values in a postmodern age; and Intuition of Significance, a 2020 work weighing the merits of theism against materialism. He is also the author of several award-winning short stories, and two novels: Another Like Me (2015) and Rough Water Baptism (2017), on themes of navigating reality in a post-Christian world.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction 9

1 - Binary Reality 15

2 - Mathematical Realism 27

3 - Ideal of the Ideals 35

4 - Realism of Information 44

5 - Transcending Opposition 52

6 - Individualism and Collectivism 61

7 - Intersubjectivity 69

8 - Modern Philosophy 76

9 - Divorce of Theology and Philosophy 88

10 - What is Truth? 97

11 - Pragmatism 106

12 - Christian Existentialism 113

13 - Atheist Existentialism 122

14 - Postmodernism and Deconstruction 129

15 - Cultural Marxism 138

16 - Default Materialism 149

17 - Darwin's Dangerous Idea 158

18 - Political Freedom 164

19 - Nothing 176

20 - God and Creation 189

21 - Religious Liberty 197

22 - Christian Unraveling 204

23 - Knowledge and Belief 215

24 - Faith 222

25 - Dangerous God 235

Bibliography 243

Index 255

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