Religion, War , and Truth
Kaus Files examines an interesting Washington Post piece by Kevin Hasson. Hasson blasts Andrew Sullivan, Thomas Friedman, and Bill Clinton for tying the war to a defense of relativism. He instead argues that what is needed is a realization from Islam that human freedom is an inviolable right – like Catholicism did with Vatican II. Mickey, if I may call him that, rejects this complex argument for a simple minimal tolerance – i.e. can’t people just agree not to kill each other over disagreements? Point well made, but what is interesting is that few have a good understanding of why we should be tolerant and to what extent. As I pointed out in previous posts, First Things editor Richard John Neuhaus has outlined this in excellent fashion as part of a debate with Stanley Fish. Relevant quote:
This tolerance is made necessary by two factors: cognitive humility and love for neighbor. The Christian truth about God, man, and the world of which we are part includes the truth that we are not the masters of all the truth there is. For starters, there is original sin, which distorts and disorders also our reason. The truth about sin helps us understand why we frequently fail to understand. Then there is what we might call the eschatological proviso. Now we see through a glass darkly; only in the Kingdom of God will we know as we are known (1 Corinthians 13). This is not a matter of locating truth “in an ever- receding future.” It is knowing that the fullness of our grasp of the truth is in an ever- oncoming future.
Yeah, what he said.
Tags: Foreign Policy