by Bradley J. Birzer
Certainly, as John Willson and others have argued throughout their professional careers, one of the greatest problems of western civilization has been its attempt to balance universal truths (not necessarily limited to the transcendent and divine truths, but timeless and universal nonetheless) with particular, cultural expressions of those truths.
Throughout the history of our civilization, we tend toward one or the other. If we err toward too much universalism, we lose our proper sense of diversity or what Russell Kirk called “the principle of proliferating variety.”
If we focus too much on the particular, we become bigots, nationalists, and racists. [Read more...]