Stroope: The absolute truth about relativism and the role we play in teaching our children

One of the reasons that beliefs and behaviors once considered depraved [by our culture at large] are now considered normal is that parents have been reluctant to teach children a standard of absolute moral truth.

In his bestselling book The Closing of the American Mind, Alan Bloom provided commentary on our culture’s generally accepted premise regarding absolute truth:

“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students’ reaction: they will be uncomprehending. That one would not regard the proposition as non-self-evident astonishes them, as though he were calling into question 2+2=4… The danger they have been taught to fear from absolutism is not error but intolerance….Openness–and the relativism that makes it the only plausible stance in the face of various claims to truth and various ways of life and kinds of human beings–is the great insight of our times. The true believer is the real danger….The point is not to correct the mistakes and really be right; rather it is not to think you are right at all.”

Dialogue and debate have diminished due to the commonly held view that all truth is relative. Each person decides for himself what is true. Rather than looking up for understanding, this perspective compels us to look within. We are encouraged to become our own source of truth and our own god. Thus, parents who teach the Bible to their children are considered both naive and dangerous!

…And our culture’s progression toward relativism is nothing more than a rejection of the light in favor of darkness [John 3:19]. Our children must discover the truth for themselves, but that does not mean we should allow them to create their own truth. Absolute truth is real, and it has been revealed in the Bible. Our role as parents is to guide our children in its discovery.

Steve Stroope, It Starts at Home, p. 105-7.


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