Relativism and the Decline of Religion in America 13

In 1996, Pope Benedict (then CDC prefect, Josef Cardinal Ratzinger) delivered an address to the Conference of Central American Bishops entitled, “Relativism: The Central Problem for the Faith Today” — a 10 page document I managed to summarize in 15 pages. I don’t intend another summary here.

The discourse’s title says it all: We’ve got a problem with the faith today, a central problem with a capital P — that doesn’t stand for Pool — and name of the problem is Relativism. To this effect, Ratzinger, while holding his finger on post-modern religion’s waning pulse, observed that: More…

Chick-fil-A vs. the Dictatorship of Relativism 30

Ah Yes! Tolerance! The one thing we cannot tolerate is intolerance.

The evangelization of culture is all the more important in our times, when a ‘dictatorship of relativism’ threatens to obscure the unchanging truth about man’s nature, his destiny and his ultimate good — Pope Benedict XVI, Glasgow Scottland, Sept. 16, 2010

Pope Benedict coined the expression “Dictatorship of Relativism” during his homily More…

Richard vs Richard: The Dawkins–Rorty Debate Reply

Imagine a debate between Richard Dawkins and Richard Rorty. What would it be like?

Richard Rorty, American Pragmatist

Unfortunately, we will never know for sure, since our friend Rorty went on to receive his eternal reward in the spring of 2008 — he did not believe in that eternal reward, but we should hope that he attained it anyway.

Rorty’s pragmatism, in brief, is a sort of thoroughgoing practical relativism. The core tenet of pragmatism is often described as “Whatever works.” More…