with Karl Faase

Post truth world


In 2016 the Oxford Dictionary announced the word of the year was "post truth".

Post-truth is; relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion, than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

This word has been around since 1992 but its use over 2016 had exploded 2000%. This was fuelled by social media and a general distrust of the establishment. We choose to believe our friends opinions than politicians press releases.

The danger is that we start to believe facts and information that suit our worldview rather than objective realities.

Many think that people of faith, Christians, are choosing a reality that suits them and ignoring the facts. That is an easy charge to make but history tells us it's a hard position to sustain.

Whatever your worldview – look for the facts.

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