Paris Peace Accords 23 Oct. 1991

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Os Guinness - TIME FOR TRUTH: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin

The Veritas Forum
Os Guinness at Stanford University

Charter 77: "Truth prevails for those who live in truth." 

Russian proverb: "One word of truth outweighs the entire world."  

Jesus: "...and the truth will set you free."

Truth is essential  for a good life, for freedom.

1.  Two companion crises to the crisis of truth: 

(i) crisis of CHARACTER (who a person is when no one sees except God), 

(ii) crisis of ETHICS

- Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
- Today, it is worse to judge evil than to do evil, so confound is the ethical confusion
- Nietsche's will to power

2.  Two arguments for those who believe in truth but have grown careless about it: 

"Without truth, there is only manipulation" (Picasso); 

"Without truth, there is no freedom" (Isaiah Berlin; "freedom from, freedom for")

3.  Two arguments for those skeptical about it, have no interest in it: 

Peter Berger: "to relativize the relativizer"; they don't apply relativism to their position; there is clarity in consistency; any thought can be thought, any argument can be argued; there are some thoughts that can be argued but not lived

A.J. Ayer's Verification Principle - all claims must be verified through the 5 senses or they're non-sense; but the Verification Principle itself could not be verified through the 5 senses, so the Principle is nonsense.  Point to the signals of transcendence.  

Atheist: "There is no god", an absolute (not relative) position; they are not saying as a true relativist, "There is no god for me, there may be for you."

4.  Two challenges that truth bring to all of us: 

People try to shape truth to their desires; the sharper the minder, the slipperier the heart; Aldous Huxley: "decided" (not "discovered") the world has no meaning.

Triangle of First Principles: Freedom requires virtue, which requires faith, which requires freedom...


  1. Anonymous1:07 AM

    Khmer Democrat promote "Truth" yet he/she endorsed a woman's candidate who is a chronic liar!!! Well...ah...its an in-convenient truth. It's not about truth but an ideology. I think you have been co-opted sold out and Christianity is just a side show.

    1. Anonymous1:30 AM


    2. Anonymous4:17 AM

      Well then, you prefer Trump?! Just wait and see Trump gona speed up the deportation of the unwanted Cambodians living in USA. Any Cambodian commits crime will be deported swiftly back to Cambodia.

      Trump will order to strip of the US citizenship, that is if you commit crime in USA.

    3. Anonymous6:45 AM

      If they are illegals yes! He's not that crazy wanting to stripe those who are citizens. It's the Hillary and Obama who should be striped of their American citizenship and sent them to the jungle of Amazon.

      Look who is fanning the flame of hatred and riots across America?Why isn't Obama and Hillary speak up to stop their tantrums? Because this is what Obama and Hillary desire to happen. They been told the lie and they are willing to die as fools for the sake of the elite and globalist.

    4. Anonymous7:21 AM

      If Trump finds out the extreme high rape rate in Cambodia and the brutality perpetrated against the women by Khmer men, he would surely wipe out the Cambodians in America.

      Did you know what Trump said about the illegal Mexicans in USA? "A bunch of rapists." He would say this to the Cambodians who commit crimes in USA, "A bunch of Khmer Rouge rapists."

      I think the rape problem in Cambodia is far worse than the rape problem in Mexico. Agree?

    5. Anonymous8:10 AM

      Sucker 7:21 AM!