March 18, 2008

IF THERE WERE NOTHING WRONG WITH KANSAS IT WOULD MEAN THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIM:

No Postmodern Road to the White House: Obama's attempt to right Wright (Peter Wehner, 3/18/08, National Review)

More fundamentally, Obama should not, in attempting to explain the appeal of black liberation theology to African Americans, embrace the postmodern view that truth is relative and all that matters are the “narrative identities” we create for ourselves. What matters are not facts but our own personal and social history, according to this postmodern view, and we can all create our own reality.

Of course our experiences shape how we perceive reality. We all have cultural biases and social upbringings that influence how we interpret history and our own lives. None of us is in a perfect position to judge truth claims. But that is quite different from believing that we should give up the effort all together, that truth is relative, that no one has the authority to define right and wrong, and that each of our truth claims are equally valid.


Can we really expect him to disavow the premise of the modern secular Left (and far Right)? After all, if truth isn't relative you can't advocate infanticide, abortion, bioengineering, homosexuality, racialism, "assisted suicide", etc.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2008 8:16 AM
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