In protest of the new president, TIME magazine recently resurrected one of their most infamous covers, which instead of asking if God is dead now asks, “Is Truth Dead?” The difficulty of answering that question seems like a modern problem, but even Pilate before Jesus cynically asked our Lord in John 18:38, “what is truth?” Christians are under greater pressure than we have faced in some time to relativize our claims of truth, to call them private opinions rather than public facts that must be confronted. The whole world seems to be wrestling with one of the most basic questions of humanity: how can we know anything, at all?
In our upcoming issue of Modern Reformation, we’re asserting that it is possible to know the truth: about God, about this world, even about you. What we know about the world doesn’t depend on a way of knowing that is different from the way we arrive at knowledge about God. The same skills of observation and reason apply to all forms of knowledge. To demonstrate that we’ve asked several good friends to help us know what we know and why we know it!
First up is Lutheran theologian, Scott Keith, who tackles a common claim about truth and religious faith: that it doesn’t matter what you believe, belief itself is a kind of comfort that is not dependent on specific truth claims. Dr. Keith asserts that Christians must return and rely on the historical truth claims of Christianity in order to defend not just the helpfulness of the Faith, but also its reality.
Next, we’re honored to feature an interview with Stephen Meyer, the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, Washington. We asked Dr. Meyer to help us understand what difference (if any) exists between scientific and religious knowledge. Along the way, he also weighed in on human agency in the method of philosophical inquiry and how to spot “fake news.”
Our good friend, James Gilmore, a respected business consultant and adjunct lecturer at the University of Virginia, is most recently the author of Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills. We asked Jim to apply the principles he discovered to our own faith: how do we use our own natural abilities of observation to strengthen our understanding of Scripture and of the world in which God has placed us?
We conclude with our editor in chief, Reformed theologian and pastor Michael Horton, who reminds us that the Christian Faith is not faith in a system of beliefs, an institution, or even in the concept of faith itself. The distinguishing characteristic of Christianity is that we call on men, women, and children to believe a person: Jesus of Nazareth, and the claims and promises he made.
The very first temptation, in the Garden of Eden, took aim at truth. We should not be surprised that humanity continues to struggle to understand and live by truth. Our hope with this issue is that you will be encouraged in your study of the truth. The angel told John in Revelation 22:6, “the words are trustworthy and true….”
We are confident that those who seek the truth will find it. We are asking you to join us as we stand for truth in an age of relativism, where truth seems to be dead. Modern Reformation magazine can play an important role in your life in recovering the truth of Christ for our time.
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