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“Post Truth”: an unfortunately timely ‘award’


Post-truth’ named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

 

In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year.

Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/15/post-truth-named-word-of-the-year-by-oxford-dictionaries

 

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Sadly this “word of the year” is also all too applicable in the Christian/Evangelical world, where truth is becoming more an more expendable.

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5 Responses to ““Post Truth”: an unfortunately timely ‘award’”


  1. November 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Truth is not relative.
    Truth is not subject to man’s opinion
    Truth is not flexible.
    Truth is objective, not subjective.
    Truth is what it is and not what any man decides it should be.

  2. 2 Steve
    November 18, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Indeed, the fact the word “post-truth” exists says a great deal about the spirit of our time.

    But your “response” post, about the nature of truth, is even more interesting.

    On Jesus’ authority, by His IDENTIFYING Himself as “The Truth” (John 14:6), we can probably think of Truth in the same terms that we think of Jesus.

    Your comments about the nature of Truth (above), for example, all seem to relate to the fact that Truth is SOVEREIGN…?

    This is a very rich area for understanding our God, and I’ll be looking forward to the further insights He gives you !

    blessings, Steve

  3. November 21, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Hi Steve,
    One of the most disturbing attitudes to “truth” that I’ve seen lately is the example I’ve written a lot about.

    Where an obvious lie can be used to support a perceived truth, with no sense of responsibility or accountability.

  4. 4 Marleen
    November 21, 2016 at 8:13 am

    It wouldn’t have been quite so bad had the person who posted it, and others who’ve been regulars, I take it, at his site, been willing to discuss the matter honestly. Why, I wonder, is the site owner who posted the video under examination so attached to the person who made the video? Might that be why he wouldn’t engage in real conversation? But actually, I kinda see the one particular video as a symptom of a total breakdown in thinking of so many people who consider themselves conservative. (Is his time zone in England? I thought someone from England said she hasn’t experienced the whole “conservative” thing because of living there.)

  5. 5 Marleen
    November 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_lw_bblock_161121

    The above whole video is good to see through, start to end, but at 5:30 there’s a message from the USHMM.

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_aracists_161121
    … [speaker] said the alt-right is a body without a head, and Trump a head without a body.

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_ahistory_161118
    Remember the “wake up” and “awakening” get togethers I shared under the previous topic thread?


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