Are we living in a post-truth era?

Rumor has it that we’re living in a post-truth era. Post-truth is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” ( While this may be an apt description of what appears to be going on within the current political arena, post-truth is not a term I would use to describe the world in which we actually live. And here’s why:

As a Christian Scientist, I’ve come to appreciate Truth—with a capital T—not as an all-too-often-subjective representation of fact, but as a synonym for God; as that which, by its very nature, is infallible and invariable, entirely good, completely pure; as something I can depend on without question and without fail; as that which, even when resisted, sooner or later finds a way to make its presence known in my experience.

So when I hear the term post-truth (which I translate as “post-Truth”), I tend to hear “post-God,” and regardless of our politics, I’m sure many would agree that we don’t live in a world without God.

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