Are truth and goodness real and knowable, or are such matters ultimately beyond our grasp or simply matters of personal preference?[i]
How can anyone claim to have the truth or to know the truth?
While genuine knowledge of truth and goodness has been questioned by skeptics for centuries, few seriously challenged the very existence of truth and goodness until the eighteenth century. Now it is common to question if there is truth. It started by becoming fashionable among academic elites, then it was taught by these same elites, finally in the 1970’s it became a basic doctrine taught to all students in college.
It was those same students that became teachers and this doctrine was eventually taught at every grade level nationwide. Did a first grade teacher have a curriculum that taught that no truth existed? No, it was not that straight forward, had it been it would have been stopped before it ever got started.
Tolerance was used as a way to teach that truth was a perspective and that each person and each culture are different and that each one had to be tolerated (moral relativism…truth is relative to one’s perspective). It was enforced and ingrained by stating that if you did not agree than you were an intolerant judgmental bigot, and who wants to be that. Certainly not little children…it was a very clever method and we paid out of our own pockets for this propaganda by way of public education.
It must also be said that the idea of tolerance was appealing and the teachers were not condoning the loss of morality, many just unwittingly enabled the process. The Church in this span of time underwent a transition between entertainment and serious teaching…and entertainment won. Parents just wanted their children to do well and many of these same parents had been products of this indoctrination themselves; therefore just as confused. It has not worked out and the result is not even debatable…our children and society have suffered.
[i] Geisler, N. L., & Hoffman, P. K. (2001). Why I am a Christian : Leading thinkers explain why they believe (13). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 4:48 AM CDT