Review by Julie Abell
Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love by Dr. Edward Sri was written to “help us understand the classical view of morality and equip us to engage relativism, appealing to both the head and the heart.” Moral relativism wounds people and although it is confused with love, it is most definitely not love. So, Dr. Sri, a professor of theology at the Augustine Institute set out to explain how there is a difference between making judgements and judging the soul, how relativism is a mask and not neutral, and shows us how law and happiness go together.
In our ever-dividing culture, Dr. Sri begins his book with showcasing the intolerance that is building up as conflicting worldviews clash. He points out how the two little words “for me” mark a mindset that no longer upholds a moral standard that applies to everyone. And debating a relativist doesn’t really work because for them it is about feelings rather than logic, so there must be a better way. Each chapter ends with questions that the author wants the reader to ponder and it will be in answering those questions that the reader will start to put on the armor of God.
I think we all can agree that there is great confusion in our society. Our innate desires for love and happiness are similar but trying to achieve them without a fixed moral code is like trying to play soccer with each player making up his/her own rules. The game of soccer would descend into chaos and certainly would be no fun to watch as a spectator. So, if you need help solidifying your approach to a moral relativist’s argument, pick up this book published by Ignatius Press and work through it. You will be glad you did. Enjoy!