Judging the Truth: Moral Intolerance or the Dictatorship of Relativism?

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“Thou shalt not judge.”  For our contemporary culture, and especially for the typical university culture, this is the first and greatest commandment –it may be the only one. The great sin of our age, the capital vice of postmodernity, is to be judgmental.  The aim of this talk is therefore to address whether and what sense being judgmental is really a vice or a sin, and how this is related to contemporary claims about truth, tolerance, and moral relativism.  Why are claims of objective moral truth so intimidating, or even threatening, to our contemporaries?  And how can we speak to them about objective truths without being accused of being judgmental?

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., is the Assistant Director of the Thomistic Institute and Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.L. from the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2001, after having practiced constitutional law for several years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America Law School and at Providence College. He is the author of The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 2016), and is a weekly co-host of EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory show.

Thursday, October 19th

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