Father Barron Comments on the Breakdown of Moral Argument with Particular Reference to Gay Marriage

In this seven-minute video Father Barron comments on the breakdown of people attempting to make a moral argument. Too often he says we talk past each other or we scream at each other rather than making a compelling argument. He also addresses three issues surrounding the gay marriage issue: 1) The accusation of bigotry (starts at 2:16), 2) the role of opinion polls (starts at 3:10), and 3) the sentimentalizing of moral issues (starts at 5:05).  This is a sensitive issue for a lot of people. Please be kind in any comments you make.


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I am a 1997 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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One Response to Father Barron Comments on the Breakdown of Moral Argument with Particular Reference to Gay Marriage

  1. Roger Penney says:

    Very interesting and quite right but I wish he had pointed out that there are no moral absolutes in our world. Nor are there any universals. Ever since Nietzsche said that “God is dead” and we believed that then we believed in his overman who made his own values and the willed them into being. That is what politicicans do. They will thier values and their ideas into being. More particularly they like to be seen to will into being the ideas which will make them appeal to the electorate. These are often the ideas of the most vociferous.
    There can be no moral dialogue in such a situation. We need absolutes and only the Judeo-Christian system can provide absolutes. After all it was Christian people who believed that it was wrong to kidnap people and to sell them. (Exodus 21:16) They then worked tirelessly to stop first the slave trade in the British Empire and then slavery itself. Other nations followed suit.
    We are not likely to go back and rediscover the Judeo-christian system so there can be very little in the way of moral discussion, as Barron says there are only assertios of opinions.
    This itself, done the right way can lead to discussion and a weighing up of opinions including one’s own. To do this properly and effectively we must be willing to admit we may be wrong. We must be prepared to listen attentively to what other people have to say. And we must be willing and prepared to change or modify our own views in the light of arguments by other in teh discussion. After all it was Socrates who said that “the discussion of excellence (virtue?) is man’s greatest privilege.” May be that iw all we have, listening ot one another but that may lead us to acknowledge the need for the Judeo-Christian absolutes. But then I may be wrong.


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