The Popular and Hidden Dogma

It’s interesting to observe that, as Peter Kreeft pointed out in Between Heaven and Hell, there is a hidden dogma that operates in the followers of the religion of egalitarianism (and also of relativism and pantheism). Namely, the dogma of the “unity of all religions”. It seems to follow the true premise of the equality of people, to the false conclusion of the equality of truths. Out of their admirable desire to respect all people comes the erroneous assertion that all truths are subjective, and therefore equal.

This is unfortunate but perhaps understandable, since it seems the most difficult and unnatural thing to have to separate the belief from the believer, as also the sin from the sinner. Yet this separation is a very necessary one, since we are not the authors of truth, but the readers. If the difficulty of it leads people to a misinterpretation, it would not serve them to “accept them as they are” (“read into it whatever you want”), as pop psychologists would say, especially if the topic is the ultimate meaning of life, and a matter of life and death – both here, and the hereafter. The kindest thing one could do in such a situation is to point them to a remedial teacher, or better still, to the author who wrote it.

And that’s the job of a Christian: to affirm the dignity of persons while denying the subjectivity of truth, and following the only charitable course available by pointing people to the author: Christ.


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