How Do We Save Truth? Interview with Author Abdu Murray
by Sean McDowell
Abdu Murray is not only a good friend of mine, he’s one of the top apologists today. He was also quite the basketball player who could have played with the Fab 5 at Michigan but decided to play D-1 elsewhere (which makes him a far better player than I ever was!).
As a lawyer and former Muslim, he has a unique approach to cultural issues today. He has a new book out called Saving Truth—and it’s fantastic. This is timely book that is a must-read for thoughtful Christians who want to be equipped to respond to some of the most important issues today.
Check out his brief answers to five of my questions, and then consider getting a copy of his excellent book (or stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of the blog).
SEAN MCDOWELL: Why did you write a book called “Saving Truth”? What makes you think truth needs saving?
ABDU MURRAY: Thanks for the opportunity to share about the book, Sean. The title is meant to be a double-entendre. In and of itself, truth doesn’t need saving but it does need to be saved in the sense that we’ve lost our emphasis on it as a culture. We’re in a “post-truth” society, which elevates personal preferences and feelings over facts and truth. We don’t deny that truth exists, we just subordinate it to our preferences. We think that this will lead to freedom and human dignity and flourishing. But it won’t. It will lead to chaos because truth no longer serves as the standard by which to judge human preferences and opinions. That’s why we’re seeing such vilification of “them.” Whoever disagrees with our preferences is automatically a villain, even if the truth is on their side. We need to recover our love of the truth and its primacy if we’re to escape the chaos that so laces our cultural climate. When we see that truth is the lens through which we should shape and express our preferences, we’ll see the truth that we are made in God’s image and that Jesus redeemed that image at the cross. We no longer see “us” vs. “them.” Instead, we see each other as people in need of redemption. That’s when we come to a knowledge of the saving truth – the truth that saves…
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