There Is No Truth?

by Greg Koukl

. . .but at least fifteen things have to be true before this statement can even be uttered in English. What are they?

Recently, I was asked a question that I get asked a lot. It’s a common challenge on the campus. It was offered as I spoke in the lecture hall at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. Though it was primarily a Christian group who came from the outside, this was the facility they used. The question is one that is asked all the time on campus.

I was reflecting on that question as I flew back this morning. I started jotting some notes down and was quite surprised at what I came up with in response to this question. They were things I’d been aware of before, but it was interesting the way it all fell together. The question was this, how to deal with somebody who says there is no truth.

Now this is very popular on campus, with deconstructionism and postmodernism, this radical skepticism that’s swept the academy. It’s this idea that you can’t know anything for sure, nothing is set in concrete; everything is influenced by our culture, our upbringing and our suppositions, so it’s impossible to get at any objective truth.

I flatly reject such a thing. I think there are a number of things we can count on as being true simply because the opposite is not possible. If we can even utter the sentence, “There is no truth”– and, of course, we must at least utter the sentence to make the claim– then several things must be objectively true.

First of all, if someone holds that there is no truth, then there’s at least one thing that’s true…


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