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The Assault on Truth

The late Fr. John Hardon, S.J., defined “truth” as “the conformity of the mind with reality.” One would think that this would be a pretty non-controversial statement, but there are many who believe that truth doesn’t exist, or that it is unknowable, or that it can “evolve.” Others say that there is “my truth” and “your truth,” or “my reality” and “your reality.” Still others say that truth applies only to the positive sciences, but not to what is religious, theological, ethical or aesthetic, or that it is determined by majority vote. This debate about truth is as old as human history. Historian Paul Johnson once wrote: “The beginning of evil is the assault on the truth. The first sin, o


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