Truth Be Told: Living Truthfully in a Post-Truth World

Truth be told: Living truthfully in a post-truth world

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Truth Be Told: Living Truthfully in a Post-Truth World
Truth Be Told: Living Truthfully in a Post-Truth World


Jesus said “the truth will set you free”. But how does this work in a post-truth society like ours?

In Truth Be Told, pastor and scholar Lionel Windsor provides a blend of winsome cultural analysis, keen biblical insight and practical guidance for living well in a confused world. Fearless in its critique but warm and insightful in its solutions, Truth Be Told shows why the gospel of Jesus Christ is the necessary framework for recapturing the very notion of truth. But more than that, the gospel is presented as the ultimate source of hope and freedom in a truth-deprived world.

Truth Be Told shows how the gospel provides both critiques and answers to key questions about truth, while also challenging and assisting Christians to live out those answers in practical ways.

Back cover blurb:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is an almost universal ambivalence towards truth these days. Many even reject the idea that universal truths have any valid place at all in our ‘post-truth’ society.

As Christians, we cannot afford to let our society’s loose relationship with truth influence our thinking, living and speaking. In Truth be Told, Lionel Windsor goes back to the Bible to show how the gospel provides a foundation for both understanding truth and interacting truthfully with our culture. Provocative and timely, this book offers Christians practical help in the task of sharing the truth of the gospel with confidence and conviction.


In this book, Lionel Windsor shows his characteristic clarity and thoughtfulness as he helps us understand life in a post-truth generation. I like the way Lionel approaches social media not as a dinosaur, scoffing that life was somehow so much better back in his day, but instead recognising that every new technology gives the world new opportunities and new challenges.

Lionel has a gift for making complex philosophies accessible. Throughout the book, Lionel gives us great, short summaries of some very complex ideologies that have shaped our age. But by far the greatest advantage of this book is that it reminds us that the gospel sits at the centre of all truth and that the gospel alone is the way to fix our truth problem.

Carl Matthei, Senior Minister and Chaplain at Campus Bible Study

About the author

Lionel Windsor
Lionel Windsor

Lionel Windsor is a lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College in Sydney. He’s married to Bronwyn and they have three children, Adelaide (married to Tom), Harry and Eleanor. He loves seeing people grow in joy and confidence in understanding God’s word and speaking it to others. He’s an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, and has published books for a wide readership on topics such as the environment, evangelism, social media, and truthfulness.


Part I: Our truth problem

Ch 1. Fake news: truth in trouble on the world stage

Ch 2. Frankenstein and the robots: truth in trouble in our technology

Ch 3. Small tyrants: truth in trouble in our institutions

Ch 4. ‘Your truth’: truth in trouble in our culture

Ch 5. When postmodern became post-truth: truth in trouble in our minds

Ch 6. We can’t handle the truth: truth in trouble in our hearts

Ch 7. Why can’t we all just tell the truth?

Part II: The word of truth

Ch 8. A post-truth world and the faithful God: the Old Testament

Ch 9. Jesus, full of grace and truth: the Gospel of John

Ch 10. Walking in the truth: 1 John

Ch 11. Speaking the truth in love: Ephesians

Ch 12. Truth on the ground: 1 Timothy

Ch 13. Truth amid pain and tears: 2 Corinthians

Part III: Telling the truth

Ch 14. Believing the truth: faith

Ch 15. Turning to the truth: repentance

Ch 16. Reality check: the seriousness of deception

Ch 17. Habits of truthfulness

Ch 18. Habits of faithfulness

Ch 19. The whole truth? Truth and love in tricky situations

Ch 20. Don’t go into battle without your belt: truth in evangelism

Ch 21. Communities of truth