Two All-Too-Typical Spiritual Errors

Here are two all-too-typical spiritual errors. The first is to absolutize that which is provisional and relative. The second is to relativise that which is absolute. Conservatives are prone to the first error, and liberals the latter.

5 Responses to “Two All-Too-Typical Spiritual Errors”

  1. Roger Green  

    ah, but the key, as anyone who’s been in AA will tell you, is knowing the difference.

  2. Anthony Velez  


    The line you give “is knowing the difference”, as you obviously know, comes from “The Serenity Prayer”, which, you may or may not know, was penned by Reinhold Niebuhr, whom, you may have noticed, is featured in the sidebar of my blog, precisely because I have long appreciated the wisdom he displays.

    So, once again…


  3. K.L.B.  

    Does that mean that there are absolutely no absolutes?

  4. Anthony Velez  

    Relatively speaking, yes, except when there are, but that’s not absolute, unless it’s absolutely necessary.

  5. Rachel  

    The question is, why are conservatives more likely to commit the former sin while liberals are more likely to commit the latter?