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Relativism in a nutshell

Katie van Schaijik, May 04, 2015

I love this paragraph from Alice von Hildebrand's book about her years of teaching at Hunter City College in New York, Memoirs of a Happy Failure. It captures with admirable succinctness the self-contradicting absurdity of the reigning relativism:

To many professors terms like "God," "truth," and "objective moral values," were all religious concepts and hence illegitimate in the classroom. They believe, passionately, that one should endorse a democratic "pluralism" of views, and make it clear that everyone has his own god, or no god at all, and that the questions of truth and moral values are matters of opinion. There is one absolute dogma in the liberal world, namely the universal relativity and subjectivity of all values. To challenge this dogma is already to violate the separation of church and state.