Dr. Karkaroff held his pen still between both thumbs and forefingers; it was a bridge between his hands. He nodded slowly as he spoke.
“That’s very perceptive, and the religious studies department is certainly guilty of placing a different sort of framework on values and religion than other parts of life… Yes. I think that’s a very good critique of the religious studies department.”
With that he dismissed our class, and we went about rearranging the desks into the grid pattern in which they were originally set up. I was happy that our instructor was so candid in admitting the shortcomings of his ideologies, and I hoped that the words of my peers would cause him to reconsider some of his thoughts.
I believe that is a definite possibility for him, but I am not so sure in the case of other educators and leaders across America and the world today. This is troublesome to me because postmodern relativism inevitably filters down into moral and religious relativism. The pluralism that results from this is heralded by some as the arrival of a better way of life that promises peace, but for others it seems like an escape from reason and a falling away from objective truths that have eternal significance.
I fall into the latter camp. I recognize that the ideas taught today carry heavy consequences for those who live tomorrow, and I want my posterity to learn not only to think right things but also to learn how to think rightly, which I believe requires an awareness of absolutes. As such, I hope that people will continue to challenge the governing ideologies of most educational institutions like the one I attend. I hope that in doing so they would see that objectivism is neither a right-wing construct nor a ball and chain, but a part of the liberation of both the individual and societal mind.