on 15 April 2012
I am surmising that it may be because this book draws heavily from a US context, that it has not provoked much attention in the UK. This is a shame, as Os Guinness' message about the importance of 'truth' to our culture is an utterly relevant one.
At a mere 135 pages long, this slim volume might be deemed a lightweight attempt to analyse the decentralisation of truth in postmodern society, but actually the reader will find plenty to stimulate their own thinking, especially as the author shows how the weaknesses in modernism effectively led to the establishment of postmodernism as a mainstream worldview. Engagingly, and I think with a persuasive line of reasoning, he then demonstrates how the historic Judaeo-Christian worldview avoids the weaknesses of both outlooks, offering instead an entirely distinctive and much-needed justification for the objectification of truth within society.
I found particularly challenging Os' increasingly direct focus on our personal engagement and identification with truth, as outlined in the section subtitled 'Practising truth' - an antidote to the 'compartmentalisation' strategies employed by many of those who govern us.
This book seems to be aimed at anyone who holds a high view of 'truth' and is concerned about it's marginalisation within a culture driven by hype and deceit, especially where those things which are deemed 'true' have been synthesised by groups who wish to control us. Taking, as it does, a robustly Christian perspective on the place of truth within each person's own life, it clearly has ramifications for those within the church who have let matters drift, in order to accommodate the creeping secularisation of every aspect of our culture.
In terms of style, Os Guinness' writing is almost conversational and jargon-free. He has a refreshing way of communicating, and there is a sense that every word is made to count. I would most heartily recommend this short volume for any who are concerned about the direction that our society is heading.