Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth WorldAbdu MurrayZondervan / 2018 / Hardcover$14.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 22 Reviews
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markriser15 Stars Out Of 5Necessary to understand the cultureMay 27, 2018markriser1Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World
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Have you watched the news lately? It seems like many people are loudly calling for safe spaces, shouting down opponents, and calling for radical personal autonomy. Objective truth is not the order of the day. Our culture is in crisis. Does it leave you scratching your head in dismay?
Abdu Murray writes about this predicament in his new book Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World.
The author is North American Director for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Murray is trained in psychology and law. He is a Muslim convert to Christianity and speaks about the Christian faith on college campuses and churches.
In Saving Truth, Murray begins by asserting that we now live in a Post-Truth society. This hyphenated word was features as the Word of the Year in 2016 by Oxford Dictionaries. He writes, According to Oxford Dictionaries, post-truth means relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Post-truths subjective qualities make it immune to truth, facts, and logical reasoning. This has produced what the author calls a Culture of Confusion, especially in the areas of human nature and freedom, which reach into other areas as well, even the Christian church.
Ultimately, the solution to confusion is clarity. Clarity must come from truth. Jesus said, You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32, HCSB). Murray asserts, A truth-based inquiry might be difficult and painful, but greater difficulty and pain will follower if it is abandoned.
The author applies a truth-based inquiry to several pressing issues in our culture.
Sexuality, Gender, and Identity: The Culture of Confusion promotes radical individual autonomy and self-definition of sexual identity. The Christian worldview reminds us, however, that even though all of us are broken, sexuality reflects something greater than individual license. All of us are made in the image of God. Gods original intent is for harmony between ones soul and ones body, Murray writes. Freedom comes when we find our identity through Jesus Christ and His Lordship in our lives.
Science and Faith: The idea that religion and science are and have been at odds is a hallmark of the current cultural paradigm. But, this is false. Many scientists, including historical figures Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and James Clerk Maxwell were believers. In the modern day, John Lennox, Hugh Ross, John Polkinghorn, among others, profess Christianity. Science and faith, Murray asserts, are complimentary. Hard sciences arent broad enough to help us unlock all of lifes mysteries, he writes, Good religion takes all of those fields and combines them with faith with revelation to tell us who we are, why were here, and where were going.
Abdu Murrays Saving Truth is a necessary tonic for a culture which has seemingly abandoned truth in favor of preferences and individual feelings. His book speaks not only to the culture, but to the church as well. In too many instances, the Christian church has gone along to get along, only to sacrifice integrity in the process. Murray concludes, In Jesus Christ, we have both the truth who satisfies our question and personality who satisfies our need for connection. He is the truth our minds seek and the person our hearts embrace. He validates facts and personal preferences without sacrificing either.
I highly recommend Abdu Murrays new book Saving Truth.
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Juan Valdes5 Stars Out Of 5AMAZING CLARITY IN A WORLD THATS VERY CONFUSEDMay 15, 2018Juan ValdesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Its no secret that we live in a very confused world. We expect certain things ought to happen and we are deeply disappointed when they dont, all the while denying that there are any ultimate oughts. What I love about this book (having read it twice already) is the way Murray diagnoses the problemwith incredible precisionand then provides a thorough answer said problem! In addition, Im impressed with the simplicity of the language in spite of the profundity of his content. I think the book will satisfy the academic just as much as it will the layperson. This is a must read for anyone who wants to make sense of the chaotic times we live in. You will not be disappointed!
Laura Wallyn5 Stars Out Of 5"Saving Truth" by Abdu MurrayMay 12, 2018Laura WallynQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Abdu Murray's "Saving Truth" is a timely message with such truth!
Abdu writes about the "Confusion and the Roads to God" using the example of "all roads lead to God." Christianity claims that only through Christ's atoning death on the cross can we be reconciled to God and a light in his presence for eternity. Islam disagrees with every aspect of that claim. In Islam, only if our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds and God has mercy on us will we enter into God's paradise. But God himself is not there because he doesn't condescend to dwell among humans. In Hinduism, one is not trying to reach God, one is trying to become God. The Hindu scriptures teach that every person's soul - their "Atman" - is one with the divine, eternal absolute - the "Brahman." Buddhism, on the other hand, was founded in rejection of the Hindu belief that we have a divine self. In classical Buddhism, there is no self at all and there is no divine being. Atman doesn't become Brahman because neither exists. There is simply the Void. Confucianism is utterly uninterested in the afterlife at all. What matters in this life and the social structures in which we conduct ourselves. Not only are these roads are all different, they also claim different destinations. How can all roads lead to god if not all the roads even claim to?"
A friend of mine told me he had a conversation with his son after his first year of college recently. This family has been Christians all of their life, sold out for Jesus. He told his father that his professor was Muslim and by the end of the semester this young man was questioning "what's wrong with being Muslim?" The father was at a loss for words.....momentarily!
I'm buying him a copy of "Saving Truth!"
jrmiaAge: 55-655 Stars Out Of 5A Rock Solid ReadMay 11, 2018jrmiaAge: 55-65Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Abdu Murray knows how to build a case with solid evidence, and he should. After all, he earned a JD from the prestigious University of Michigan Law School. Furthermore, Murray has the unique perspective of one who, raised in Islam, spent nine years considering Christianity's claims before becoming a Christian. Why so long? As Murray explains in Saving Truth, "The truth wasn't hard to find. It was hard to embrace."
In Saving Truth, Murray observes that our post-truth world faces a similar struggle: The truth is readily available, but it's tough to embrace when our culture champions personal preference as the highest good. To support his claim, Murray systematically presents the evidence alongside well-reasoned arguments and personal anecdotes. At every turn--whether examining post-truth claims regarding human dignity, sexuality, science and faith, or religious pluralism--the reader learns how the pursuit of "freedom" through autonomy has created widespread confusion and muddled thinking. Chapter by chapter the author builds his case, methodically and gently unpacking the illogical ideas that have fueled the trajectory to this post-truth world. In less adept hands, this could be a depressing diagnosis, but Murray infuses each chapter with hope through compelling accounts of God's present work in restoring the broken (aka all of us) through Jesus Christ.
This book will appeal to lovers of logic and readers seeking to strengthen their reasoning skills. Christ followers who strive to become more articulate should consider adding Saving Truth to their personal and church libraries, and skeptics will appreciate the rational presentation of the Christian worldview. Sixteen pages of end notes provide resources for scholars and anyone wishing to take a deeper dive into a particular topic.
For me, Saving Truth was a slow read, but that's one of its strengths. It's not hard reading; instead, it's one of those books that prompts the reader to pause and take notes, to look up a source, or simply to reflect upon the evidence it presents. Definitely a worthwhile read!
Reviewer's note: I received an advance copy of Saving Truth at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
jsunneIowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Timely, Relevant, and Insightful!May 11, 2018jsunneIowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There's much competing information about what truth is, about what that right path is. There are many voices clamoring to be heard: voices that claim to know the truth. But increasingly we're hearing a different message. The message that truth is whatever you want it to be, or that truth doesn't exist at all: the voice of a post-truth culture. A culture that according to Abdu Murray's new book, Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World, "elevates preferences and feelings over facts and truth." But without truth our very identity is lost.
I expected Saving Truth to educate me on why Christianity is viewed with increasing disdain. I expected this book to offer me ideas on how to discuss the truth with those whom I disagree. What pleasantly surprised me was the honesty and compassion with which Abdu addresses the topic. He doesn't simply point the finger at others as the problem, but points equally as many back at Christians who have often played a part in fostering this Culture of Confusion.
Looking to more fully understand the culture we live in, how to better guide your children, and how to more effectively share your faith in what can be a hostile environment? Abdu Murray's new book is one great resource to check out! The entire book points us squarely to the answer: "What is truth? we may ask in a world that elevates personal preference over truth. The answer is Jesus--the truth who is personal. He is the Saving Truth."
(I've received an Advance Reading Copy of Saving Truth in exchange for an honest review.)