This is not a political post, Please, stay with me, but recently President Elect Donald Trump tweeted that millions of people voted illegally. That claim has no veracity and has widely been proven false. This hasn’t stopped Trump supporters from defending this claim. Enter Scottie Nell Hughes defending Trump on tv. She began to discuss the malleable nature of the truth, and concludes her comments with the bombshell statement, “There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore, [as] facts.” People have made fun of her and this statement. Amid the backlash, Hughes has even clarified what she meant, but this statement is no laughing matter. It is astounding at how many people live according to Hughes’s claim, including Christians. The belief that the truth is relative, malleable, and individualistic is wide spread in our country and is damaging the very fabric of our society.
Philosophic arguments against the absolute nature of truth can be traced all the way back to certain Sophists in the 5th Century B.C.E., but boy, have they gained popularity in America. Postmodernism, Relativism, and Subjectivism are three branches of philosophy containing a variety of systems that all question truth and the validity of truth. Barna conducted a poll, in 2002, discovering that 64% of adults in the U.S. and a whopping 83% of teenagers in the U.S. believe that truth is always relative. The vast majority of Americans do not believe in absolute moral truths and absolute right and wrong. Barna concluded that Americans determine the truth most often by their “feelings.” Americans believe facts and truth can be determined by their feelings.
That is truly terrifying.