Wednesday, April 18, 2007

This is what the clash of civilisations is really about

"Relativism has made liberal openness appear weak, empty and repugnant compared with the clarity of dogma

[...]that in the everyday world we can and must distinguish truth and falsity, right and wrong, even if on close examination these terms do not mean what we thought they did. Science may not be God-like in its objectivity, but it is not just another myth. Moral values must be questioned, but if discrimination against women, homosexuals or ethnic minorities is wrong here, then it is wrong anywhere else in the world. Truth may not be the simple phenomenon we assume it to be, but falsehoods must be challenged."

Julian Baggini, The Guardian, Saturday April 14, 2007

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