Letters to the Editor

Experiences shape personal views

I can’t resist rebutting Stewart Hough’s statements on the “dangers of subjective reality” (letter March 9). He maintains that syncretism is irrational, illogical, voids truth and “closes minds to ultimate truth.”

To begin with, what is ultimate truth? Who gets to decide that? Why is their ultimate truth better than anyone else’s?

A better view of ultimate truth is the story of the Blind Men and the Elephant. Each had his own interpretation based on his own experiences.

This sort of relativity is also demonstrated in the New Testament. We have four gospels that do not agree on everything. They reflect first century Christians’ varying experiences. Sensibly, the church decided to keep these four rather than conflate them into one rigid truth.

Quantum and Einsteinian physics demonstrate that reality is both subjective and relative.

Finally, Western Christianity is a syncretic religion that incorporates the religious insights of Jews and Greco-Roman and Germanic pagans. From the Jews come the Messiah, prophet, and monotheism concepts and much more. From the Greco-Roman pagans we get Christ the God King concept along with basilica church design, angels with wings, etc. The Germans gave us Christmas Trees.

Susan Weikel Morrison, Fresno