Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The continuing relevancy of relativism

How serendipitous that in light of yesterday's post on relativism, addressing Robert T. Miller's claim that it has been surpassed by all of our many words on matters moral, that Pope Benedict XVI, in his Wednesday audience, addressed this matter in his catechesis on St. Justin Martyr

"Continuing our catechesis on the Fathers of the Early Church, we consider today Saint Justin, Philosopher and Martyr. Saint Justin was born in Samaria, Palestine, around the year 100 (one hundred). During his youth he ardently sought the truth. After a meeting with an old man, who directed him to prayer and the study of the prophets, the Saint converted to Christianity. He eventually established a school in Rome where he taught the new religion; he was denounced as a Christian and decapitated in the year 165 (one sixty five). Of his written works only his two Apologies and his Dialogue with Trypho remain. These emphasize God’s project of Creation and Salvation which find fulfilment in Jesus Christ, who is the Logos or Word of God. Before the birth of Christ the Logos allowed men and women to come to know part of the truth about God and man. The full truth, however, has been given to Christians with the Incarnation of the Word of God. Our dialogue with philosophy and other religions, inspired by Saint Justin, must remain firmly rooted in Truth, while always avoiding that which is merely fashionable." (emphasis mine)

Rocco has a more complete translation of this timely catechesis over on Whispers.

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