Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World by Abdu Murray


Note the decorative green electrical tape on my Mac's charger wire?  That is there to repair the destruction wreaked by my little green monster.  Beware the beak!!!

The following review is part of a book launch of which I am a Team Member.  I will also be posting my review on commercial sites as well.  Thanks to RZIM  for providing me with a free copy.  The following is my honest review:




Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth WorldSaving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World by Abdu Murray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My husband and I lead a college Sunday School class and our church did a series on how to share the gospel with unbelievers. The format of our Sunday School is to discuss the day's sermons and share thoughts and insights. The method our pastors took is called the "3 circle" message. Explain the fall of man, Christ's sacrifice and man's redemption through His sacrifice.

It is a basic message and I asked the students what they thought of it. The students in our particular class were mainly engineering students and, needless to say, pretty cerebral. One young man who was Vietnamese and a new convert to Christianity remarked that the basic circle, while accurately describing the Gospel, really did not answer the hard questions that he was getting pummeled with at school.

This started a series of discussions where we practiced asking and answering the type of questions that non-believers ask Christians.

That is where Saving Truth comes in. Do you have questions about God and how His Truth fits in today's society? Are you the one with questions or the one being asked these questions? Either way, this book is a good guide.

Saving Truth does not shy away from the current cultural tide of today. It tackles the issues of truth (is it relative, unknowable or non-existent?); sexual identity; is science and faith compatible?; religious pluralism and the dignity of human life.

One of the greatest deceptions that is being exalted by certain activist groups today is that they are on the side of the "victim". They are the saviors of people of certain life styles-transgenderism, LGBQT, women with an unwanted pregnancy, who are being "persecuted" by narrow "fundamentalist" religious groups. Murray carefully explains and supports that in fact the opposite is true.

Abdu Murray, with clear and acute insight, describes our society with both wisdom and compassion. I could spend pages describing the different truths he supports, but I suggest you read the book.



Here is a link if you'd like to preview the first chapter.



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7 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy. It sounds as if I would disagree with some of Murry’s Contentions but that I would agree with others. I strongly believe in advocating for equality and for s diverse society. I strongly disagree with what seems to be described here as Post - Truth approachs. We have decided discussed these issues before. I consider myself a traditional liberal who rejects The growing Post - Modernism and illiberalism coming out of the left. In the end, I find that most reasonable people can agree to reject unfairness, sexism, racism without succumbing to irrational and repressive movements that Murray seems to be talking about. Of course I think that I would disagree with Murray on a lot of social issues.

    I have a feeling that a creature with a beak may be considering himself a bit a a victim:)

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    1. Hi Brian. I hope you do read this book. I would be interested in your thoughts about it.

      Oh, Hercule never feels like a victim. He just throws a little temper tantrum when things don't go his way.

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  2. i appreciate your sincerity, Sharon, but this isn't really my cup of tea... good luck, tho...

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  3. Thanks, Mudpuddle. All books weren't written for all people. Take care!!

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  4. Hi Sharon, I read this not long ago about the whole victim idea: ‘What is striking about the current debate is how the nature of who the most vulnerable in our society are. Up until recently the most vulnerable were constantly viewed as the poor, those who were trodden down by the rough economic forces of our rapacious culture.
    That’s no longer the case.’ From here: https://stephenmcalpine.com/2017/12/07/is-it-really-the-christian-way-yes-actually-it-is/

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    1. Hi Carol. What's even more insane is that poor white people are still seen as "privileged" and rich black people seen as "victims" because of the history of each group's ancestors.

      I will look up the link you provided.

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    2. I just read the article. Very well put. As Christians we love all people unconditionally. Today's culture demands that we love all behaviors unconditionally.

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