What Happens When We Adopt Relativism?

What Happens When We Adopt Relativism? March 8, 2024

In this episode of the Apologetics.com radio show, Dr. Harry Edwards, Lenny Esposito (vice-president of The Kirkwood Center) and I (Anthony) discussed the problem with adopting an attitude of worldview relativism in our culture. This episode was motivated by the comments and controversy surrounding Dr. Claudine Gay, former president of Harvard University. Can a culture survive without any sense of a transcendent, universal and culturally irrelevant code of conduct? Or are all truth claims relative to persons and cultures, and, if so, are all equally valid?

In this episode we tackle:

  1. The controversy over Claudine Gay’s comments on the October 7th attacks on Israel
  2. Issues concerning worldview relativism
  3. Are all claims to truth “power claims?”
  4. If elite universities really hold to “DEI” then why are they so demagogic about who speaks on their campuses?
  5. Is knowledge about truth or about power?
  6. Can knowledge by bought and sold?


Life is a mystery
Is Truth Relative to the Individual?


From the episode description:

“The October 7, 2023 attack on Israel by Hamas has shed a light on what it means to tell the truth. Leaders, including presidents of elite universities across America have had to come to the painful realization that not stating what a thing is brings disastrous consequences, i.e. antisemitism, violence, redefinition of truth, etc.Listen as Dr. Harry Edwards, Tony Costello, and Lenny Esposito discuss what happens when a society embraces relativism.”

About Anthony Costello
Anthony Costello is an author and a theologian. He has a BA in German from the University of Notre Dame (1997), an MA in Apologetics (2016) and MA in Theology (2018) from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has published articles in academic journals such as Luther Rice Journal of Christian Studies and the Journal of Christian Legal Thought. In addition, Anthony has made chapter contributions to Evidence that Demands a Verdict, edited by Josh and Sean McDowell and has published several articles for magazines such as Touchstone and made online contributions to The Christian Post and Patheos. Anthony is a US Army Veteran, former 82D Airborne paratrooper and OEF veteran. You can read more about the author here.
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