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Abdu Murray on Life in a Post-Truth Culture

According to Abdu Murray, “We don’t care about the truth if it gets in the way of our personal preferences.” In fact, he says, “if the evidence fits our preferences and opinions, then all is well and good. If it doesn’t, then the evidence is deemed inadmissible or offensive, with offense being a kind of solvent against otherwise sound arguments.” On this program, Shane Rosenthal continues his conversation with former Muslim Abdu Murray, author of Grand Central Question, Saving Truth, and Seeing Jesus from the East, which he co-wrote with Ravi Zacharias.

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“I think we are living in a Post-Truth world not a Post-Modern world anymore. Post-Modernism says there’s no such thing as truth, but Post-Truth mindsets say, “Truth is important, but only in so far as it feeds and satisfies my feelings and my preferences. So truth exists, but I don’t care unless it happens to conform with what I like. How do we respond to a world that doesn’t deny that truth exists? It just denies that truth is important.”

Abdu Murray

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“Objective Truth vs. Subjective Truth”

“Objective” truth is rooted in the nature of the object under consideration and transcends the opinions of any subject considering this object. “Subjective” truth is rooted in the opinions and beliefs of the subjects who hold them and vary from person to person.

(Adapted from J. Warner Wallace, “Objective Truth Is One Thing, But Objective Moral Truth Is Another,” www.coldcasechristianity.com (Feb. 4, 2015), accessed August 28, 2015)

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