Quote of the Day: What Is Truth?

Furthermore, truth is anything that corresponds to reality. Truth doesn’t yield to the size and the strength of the latest lobby group. Truth isn’t a matter of preference or opinion. Rather, truth is true even if everyone denies it, just as a lie is a lie if everyone affirms it.

Finally, truth is essential to a realistic worldview. When sophistry, sensationalism, and superstition attack truth, our view of reality becomes seriously skewed. The death of truth spells the death of civilization. However, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said, ‘One word of truth outweighs the entire world.’

— Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Book for Students (2007), p. 74-75

sophistry

def. subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation

sensationalism

def. 1empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions, 2the use or effect of sensational subject matter or treatment

superstition

def. 1a a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation, b an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition, 2a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary


21. Revelation (by Robert Frost)

WE make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone find us really out.

’Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.

But so with all, from babes that play
At hide-and-seek to God afar,
So all who hide too well away
Must speak and tell us where they are.

— 21. Revelation. Robert Frost (1874–1963). A Boy’s Will. 1915.