Is Truth Relative or Absolute?

How do you define or understand truth?

Brian Tubbs
3 min readJun 3, 2024
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“More than ever before, people are looking to their own hearts, opinions, preferences, biases, and predispositions to guide them through life.” That’s how Christian author, singer, and recording artist describes today’s Western culture in her book Live Your Truth and Other Lies: Exposing Popular Deceptions That Make Us Anxious, Exhausted, and Self-Obsessed.

It’s hard to dispute her assessment of today’s zeitgeist even if you don’t subscribe to her faith-based alternative perspective.

Recent studies suggest that a majority of Americans, including a majority of Americans who identify as Christian, reject the idea of moral absolutes.

Regardless of your faith, any refusal on our part to acknowledge the reality of objective, genuine, absolute truth has staggering implications on how we approach life, including our views and conduct regarding relationships, careers, politics, money, and more.

If there is no objective truth, then every claim or interpretation is ultimately just a perspective and is no more correct or credible than any other perspective.

Some say the move away from absolutist thinking leads to a redress of past power imbalances and a greater sense of equality, autonomy, and/or freedom.