We are witnessing a growing extra-Christian philosophy which contends that the current explosion of knowledge calls for an accompanying “broadening” of the base of moral values and spiritual concepts.
For many centuries there were two worlds, the pagan and the Christian: pagan beliefs and practices varied with peoples, cultures and the centuries, while Christian beliefs and practices were fixed, having their basis in the biblical revelation.
No such clear delineation is possible today, for while paganism has been consistently inconsistent, the image of Christianity has been blurred by a gradual equating of human opinions and deductions with divine revelation.
This downgrading of the Scriptures has been effected from without by cultured paganistic philosophy, and from within the theological liberalism built on philosophical presuppositions having to do with the supernatural facets of the Christian faith.
In this context startling scientific breakthroughs have confused Christian thinking because of restricted concepts of God on the one hand and magnified views of man on the other. We live in an age of glorification of human achievements, whether it be on the gridiron or in the laboratory, and the result is that the “humanizing of God and deification of man” is no longer a cliché but a sobering fact.
A contributing factor in the change in moral and spiritual values has been the bold assertion of educators and others that “there are no absolutes.” The absurdity of this statement is found in that it is itself an absolute. But where men have undertaken to live by the philosophy that all things are relative—even the basic values of life itself—the result has been disastrous for the individual and for society.
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