Archive for April, 2017

Moral Relativism is Dead

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The article I was reading said moral relativism is dead.

The extreme of moral relativism is the statement – “Do your own thing.”  There is no guilt attached to whatever you do, whether helping the old lady across the street or killing your next door neighbour for being obnoxious.  You are your own god and make your own rules.

Doesn’t work too well!  I’m not so sure you can do whatever you want and claim what you did is right!  Otherwise we will all live in fear!

So then groups of people decided that the “tribe” could determine what was right.  And terrorism soon reigns.

And that leaves us with having to live by faith that there is a god who has a set of societal rules that we can all live by.  That god must be good, just, loving.  That god must have an overall sense of creation (better yet if that god created us creatures).  That god must have the best in mind for us as humans!

I believe our society is looking for that god.  As the USA states – in God we trust.  As Canada states – God keep our land. 

There seem to be many answers put forward – and thus we have moral pluralism.

The question is, which god is the God over all gods?

And now you know why Christians make the claim that God, as revealed in Jesus, is God over all gods – not because they are arrogant but because they believe that there must be an Almighty God.

Spilling words

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

As I was doing my library studies, I took the opportunity to look at the great reference work called the Oxford Dictionary.  Each word contained some explanation of where that jumble of letters originated.  Some words seemed to ooze out of the ground in primordial days.  Other words were relatively new.  Oxford experts were assigned to follow and assess current usage of words that were not yet in the dictionary.  With an often misguided idea that change is slow and gradual.

With texts and ebooks and memes and Facebook and LinkedIn and . . . people are reading more and writing more than they ever have.  To accompany this trend, there are constantly new aberrations of the “olde” language.  4U and for me, this means having to constantly learn a language that spills out new every morning.

For a moment of reflection.

When you reshape words into new definitions, you create personal and societal insecurity. 

Often a new definition of a word arises out of an attempt to gather the old word’s noble qualities and attach them to the new definition. 

In this attempt, there is a possible explosion of lies and deceit – in order to gain power and authority.   By masking a word with what sounds good to the public, words can actually be reshaped to turn a previous evil into a perceived good.  We sense there is something wrong but can’t immediately pinpoint the lie.

And in the end, we are left seeking for truth. 

Jesus encountered this redefining of terms by those in the current administration.  Finally he was just plain blunt about the reshaping of language by the religious elite for their own gain.  Interestingly he retorted with – You say/but I say. 

And then the clincher!  Imagine how he stirred up the crowd by saying, “I am the truth.”  Imagine how deeply he stirred up commitment in his followers.

No wonder Christians continue to be on the cutting edge of societal change.  No wonder Christians continue to be persecuted.  No wonder Christians continue to love God and love others.  All words of truth that Jesus spoke.

Look at the horizon that a Christian sees – and all you will see is Jesus.

On library funding

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

I’ve been thinking about writing an editorial for our local social media outlet.  This is a little bit personal.  I’m starting with this blog – where I have an audience a little more attached to me – THAT’S YOU!!

I have a Master of Library Science degree.  Obtained in 1986.  With a specialty in Archives.  I served as a volunteer archivist for a number of years, but have not been directly employed in the library area for awhile. 

As I watch local libraries – whether public or institutional – I see a great change happening.  In the late 90’s a friend, who was a library IT person, predicted the decline of libraries as warehouses and book distribution centers.

That day is now here. 

I recently read a research paper presented at a conference in Alberta.  The arguments were well written and the logic backed by research,  Of the over 20 books and articles cited and researched, only four were actual bibliographic entries that would indicate a “paper copy”.  All the rest were obtained digitally.

As I was taking my library school studies 30 years ago, there was a tip of the iceberg visible in the distance.  We knew that information was valuable.  Accessibility would be the key.  Google soon stood as the symbol of just that accessibility.

Some were suggesting that libraries expand their mandates – from mere parts departments dispensing books to something else.  The gamut ran to providing reference librarians for expert searching, to storytelling and literacy campaigns, to provision of community meeting space, to provision of internet access, to . . .

Have we lost the pinpoint accuracy of the library’s mandate, or have we expanded to take on the greater social good?  Have libraries become social service centers or are libraries best at doing a more focused service of providing access to information?

I would dare to say that the answer to these question has dictated funding in the most recent Saskatchewan budget.