'What does it mean to say that Christian beliefs are 'true,' and by what right [do] the Christian community and its members decide to hold those beliefs?' According to Marshall, theologians in the post-modern world choose between submitting Christian claims to non-Christian epistemic criteria (with predictably disastrous results) or further isolating their field by ignoring philosophy, science, and other rigorous disciplines that inquire after truth. Rather than producing muddled accounts that satisfy neither believers nor critics, theologians must seek to establish Christian doctrine--specifically, the doctrine of the Trinity--as the primary criteria for truth itself. Marshall tackles this daunting task in a masterful way, starting from the Johannine texts that establish truth as an attribute of the Triune God and moving into the complex territory of epistemic justification and meaning. The final chapter offers a technical but lucid model on which to base a Christian account of truth. As R. R. Reno notes in First Things
, 'Marshall's book exemplifies the classical vocation of faith seeking understanding. Such a vocation puts Christian belief first...with the humility to submit one's best ideas to the plain meaning of what is believed and said in worship, and the commitment to investigate what follows when one's Christian beliefs exert a proper primacy over the other beliefs one [holds] as true...'
An Eighth Day View:
This book is about the problem of truth: what truth is, and how we can tell whether what we have said is true. Bruce Marshall approaches this problem from the standpoint of Christian theology, and especially that of the doctrine of the Trinity. The book offers a full-scale theological account of what truth is and whether Christians have adequate grounds for regarding their beliefs as true. Unlike most theological discussions of these issues, the book is also extensively engaged with the modern philosophical debate about truth and belief.