I have the privilege of being on the launch team for Abdu Murray‘s newly released book, Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018)*. The invitation to join the team came a week or two after my second son was born, and I hesitated to join, unsure if I could clear my postpartum fog sufficiently to digest a book on apologetics. But I decided I needed the motivation to do that, and plunged in.
It was slow going, and much-interrupted. I finished the book while lying in a twin-size bottom bunk with an infant sleeping on top of me and a toddler snoring by my side.
Saving Truth sounds like a cerebral exercise, and the book’s subtitle, Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World, seems far removed from diapers, dishes, and Duplo blocks. Even the most hardened relativist will hardly argue that babies should be cleaned and fed, and my life, consumed with these physical realities, seems to be in another realm from post-truth controversy.
But my boys have minds and souls as well as bodies, and my oldest was born in 2016, when “post-truth” was Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year. Abdu Murray describes the post-truth culture as being “adrift in a river with no bearings in sight” (8) — a “Culture of Confusion” in which emotions and personal beliefs trump objective facts in forming public opinion.
For my toddler, too, emotions and personal beliefs trump objective facts. For his good, I have to teach him that it isn’t true. He may feel like gummies are an acceptable breakfast choice, but I have to help him live in the reality that they aren’t. Taking a nap may make him sad right now, but I know it tends to his future joy.
My boys will grow up in a world in which gender is assigned based on feelings rather than biology. A world in which unborn babies are only human if their parents want them. A world in which doctors are celebrated for assisting people who feel like dying rather than those who feel like living. They’ll be told that all religions are alike, even where those religions present opposite truth claims. They’ll be told that the scientific study of a world which clearly attests to an invisible Creator is at war with belief in any creator at all, and that people are [contradictorily] autonomous agents who are completely at the mercy of the bio-chemical processes at work in their bodies.
I’d do my son a disservice if I allowed him to follow his feelings now with regard to food and sleep and screen time. I’d do him a similar disservice if I failed to teach him how to navigate all the contradictions of a “Post-Truth” world.
Murray’s book seeks to provide a fixed point to help readers find their bearings in this Culture of Confusion, compassionately and unapologetically showing both that this culture has gone astray and that the gospel is the only thing that can make sense of our feelings and our reality. In under 250 pages Murray deals with issues of freedom, human dignity, sexuality, science, and religious pluralism, making complicated concepts clear with anecdotes, examples, and pithy prose.
Murray, a former Muslim and a current Christian apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, is accustomed to presenting and debating these ideas with thinkers at universities around the world. I’m a stay-at-home mom in the buckle of the Bible belt. Saving Truth is helpful in both contexts — and the many in between. Reading it helped me break through my postpartum fog to engage with ideas and see anew the beauty of Jesus who “is the River and the land, the fount of living water and the rock of our salvation” (225).
*Visit www.AbduMurray.com to learn more about Murray, his book, and the bonus content available for those who order it.
©2018 by Stacy Crouch