Relativism

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Some believe or have the opinion that there is no absolute truth, there is only relative truth. That of course, like all opinions, depends upon the definition of words like truth, relativism, syncretism, pluralism, etc, and the meaning of all the words you use to define those words.

Relativism may be defined as the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.

Certainly knowledge may exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context.

What is accepted as truth may exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.” see Sophistry

Truth is "the quality or state of being true."

If an egg falls and breaks, then it falls and breaks, and your opinion or all the kings men and their opinion cannot change that fact with any amount of sophistry about the truth.

Truth is also that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Reality or actual facts do not change by, nor are they subject to, the opinion of culture, society, or historical context. Facts are facts. Opinions are perception of facts, and those are seldom the true facts.

But truth is also defined as "a fact or belief that is accepted as true." That meaning of the word truth is relative, and it is only true as it relates to culture, society, or historical context according to the rulers of that society, whether they be the power of the mob in the case of democracy, or the gods they elect to rule over them.

This is also true of morality, which is defined as principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong, or good and bad behavior. In essence, morality is the knowledge of good and evil, as in the story of the trees in the garden of Eden.

So morality is "a particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specified" culture, society, or historical context, but they would have chosen to decide good and evil for themselves.

If there is a God of creation that has set all laws of the universe in motion, then relativism only works if you reject the idea of that God, which makes you one of the gods of the world or culture, society, or historical context.

You will likely feel a need to impose your Relativism on others, either for personal justification or because misery loves company. [See Cain and Nimrod.]

The word 'syncretism' is defined as the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought.

But it has at least a second definition, which is "the merging of different inflectional varieties of a word during the development of a language."

In the second definition we see the infinite problem of the first. We use words to define words and the more words we use, the more infinite combination of meanings we produce, because words have different meanings in the progression of culture and society within their ever-changing historical context.

Just the word Religion has drastically changed its definition in the last 200 years. The more people try to synchronize society under the rulers of the people like Nimrod, the more they will find the languages of society confounded, which will bring about more division.[1]

The word 'pluralism' is defined as a condition or system in which coexist two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc.

This term may have a variety of applications, but it deals mostly with opinions about reality and not reality itself, except within limited contexts of culture, society, or their history

The word 'pluralism' is also defined as "a form of society in which the members of minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions."

But when you take the definition of pluralism to mean that there is "a theory or system that recognizes more than one ultimate principle," that is just an opinion, and the truth of it is dependent upon the ultimate winning out of one principle or the other.

Of course there is the ultimate battle between good and evil. Maybe good and evil is nothing more than the eternal conflict between two "ultimate principles" of morality. If so, then the ultimate reality is either good or evil. Good and evil are equated with light and darkness or life and death.

So to the pluralist, he may choose any of the contending so-called "ultimate powers". But know this, that one of these sources of power leads to darkness and death and the other to light and Eternal life.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is:" [said Humpty] "which is to be master - that's all.”

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 11:1 ¶ And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.... 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.