Today we continue with chapter six of Read Along with Apologetics315, a weekly chapter-by-chapter study through Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Christianity by Douglas Groothuis. Please leave a comment on your reading below. This is where you can interact with others reading the book, ask questions, or add your own thoughts. Click below for the audio intro, chapter 6 study questions PDF, and summary:
Chapter Six: Truth Defined and Defended
Groothuis points to the culture and notes the erosion of truth. This poses a significant threat to our communication of the Gospel, as Christianity makes particular truth claims about reality. The author notes that the Apostle Paul stakes everything on the objective truth of the resurrection of Jesus. So in order to argue for the truth of Christianity, one may first have to argue for truth itself.
The author investigates and answers a number of false theories of truth. These include a description and critique of postmodernism, coherentism, and pragmatism. Groothuis makes the case for the correspondence theory of truth, and argues that the view implicitly and consistently advocated in scripture is the correspondence theory of truth.
To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true; so that he who says of anything that it is, or that it is not, will say either what is true or what is false. (Aristotle Metaphysics 4.7; Christian Apologetics, pp. 123-124)
Many have misinterpreted the meaning of certain aspects of Christianity and so have attributed to it claims of wrongdoing for which it is not guilty. By failing to discern the meaning of Christianity’s claims, some have thus rejected it unfairly. In fact, any worldview that is caricatured and then criticized on that basis has not been fairly interrogated. (Christian Apologetics, p. 123)
Christians, of all people, must strongly affirm the notion that truth is what corresponds to reality-and must do so unswervingly, whatever the postmodern (or other) winds of doctrine may be blowing in our faces. (Christian Apologetics, p. 138)
- Give the most concise definition of truth you can.
- Are there any benefits of the coherence theory of truth?
- How big of a threat is postmodernism?
Chapter Seven: Why Truth Matters Most