Absolute Relativism: The New Dictatorship and What to Do About It by Chris Stefanick

Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

Relativism – the philosophy that underlies challenging to truth. Truth is relative to what each person believes. We can all make up our own truth. No one is relative to things that are scientifically verifiable. But faith, morals, philosophy, all considered relative to what we believe.

Pope Benedict XVI said “relativism is the greatest problem of our time!”  He really had his finger on the pulse of our culture. Why? Because it takes the meaning out of life.

What’s the purpose of life? Does life have inherent meaning or not? Do we discover it or make it up ourselves?

A relativist world leads millions of people into a sad loneliness where they are deprived of hope and fall into despair.

President Obama said that sin was acting out of line with his values = total relativism. Making up your own value system.

Where is your moral compass pointed?

We have to love and accept people where they are at. But if there’s no truth to guide our love that’s abandonment. If theres no love to guide our truth thats cruelty.

If abortion isn’t wrong? What is?

Disprove relativism in 3 points:

1. Denies our finite nature – do we have the power to make our own universe?

2. Doesn’t work in real life – whenever you encounter a moral evil, relativism unravels. Look at 9/11 – relativism doesn’t work anymore. For one day, no one in New York was a relativist. I can’t judge people, but I must judge actions.

3. It’s true for everyone that nothing is true for everyone!  –> Self-contradicting proposition.

Tolerance has been redefined as never disagreeing. But you have to disagree to be able to tolerate! You don’t tolerate a sunny day. Relativism is not the key to tolerance.

Adolf Hilter – “there is no such thing as truth”

Stalin – “everything I have said and done is relativism”

Mother Teresa spent her life serving people she didn’t agree with. She started the first AIDS hospice in NYC. She didn’t agree with these people.

Right and wrong I can judge that. Good and bad I can’t judge that.

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