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