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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” (lexico.com). 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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