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January 11, 2022

Is There Really Truth?

by Professor Robert J. Barth

It does not take long to look around and realize the foundations upon which America was founded are under attack. There are those who are redefining terms to further their agenda. In the midst of this crisis, there is hope: truth is always in the right.  In this blog series we will be addressing the importance of truth in our nation’s founding and its governmental philosophy. We trust these thoughts will encourage and help you discuss with others the importance of truth in a time of many voices.

Is There Truth?

Is There Truth?

People in every generation must address the question, “Is there Truth?”  Whether one admits it or not, each of us looks for certainty, order, and stability in our lives. Some seek their “truth” through personal gratification, self-interest, and elevating their own will as truth. But for the intellectually honest person, truth, in order to be truth, must be an objective reality apart from one’s own will.

Yes, there is an area of liberty within the boundaries of truth that each of us decides for ourselves, but we are not “free” to choose beyond the boundaries of truth without consequences. One cannot jump off a 10-story building and expect no consequences—no matter how much one believes he can defy the truth of gravity.

Yes, there is truth. Everyone knows in their heart that there is, even if they want to deny it. Denial does not eliminate truth. Denial only makes one an enemy of truth and an instrument of deception and misinformation, leading others away from truth.

America’s founding fathers knew and acknowledged the existence of truth in establishing this nation. In the Declaration of Independence, they stated “we hold these truths.” This means they clung to truth as the basis for the establishment of a new government. It was to be a government with certain foundational principles rooted in truth because they knew that following the truth was the most beneficial for all people. This series, we will explore truth and how it relates to government and law.

The next question: Is Truth Knowable? Read more at https://www.obcl.edu/is-truth-knowable/

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About the Author

Professor Robert J. Barth
A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. 1976), Professor Robert J. Barth received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1979. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Regent University in 1986. From 1986 to 1995, Professor Barth was associated with Regent University School of Law in several capacities, including assistant dean for academic and student affairs, and editor of the Journal of Christian Jurisprudence. He has written several articles, and as the director for academic programs, he has authored Oak Brook College’s book, Renewing Your Mind as You Study Law.

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