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If like me, you have been putting off picking up Edward Sri’s book Who Am I To Judge? Responding to relativism with logic and love, I strongly recommend that you do pick it up. In his book, Sri explores how we can respond to relativism around us in a personal and practical way. Filled with quotes from the saints and the popes, he takes us on a journey to understand the classical moral world view against the relativistic world view.

“For me, abortion is wrong” became just like “For me, chocolate is better than vanilla.”

But here’s the problem with this two-word qualification: once we make that subtle move – once we give up on the existence of moral truth in the universe – then anything goes, anything is possible. And not just for other people but for ourselves as well.

Sri goes into how to counter relativistic arguments and also touches on how we can be good people in the context of our faith, relationships, virtues and our freedom to love. While I thought the contents of the book would be mainly discussing people who hold a relativistic world view, it does a great deal to help the reader examine who they are and how they are living their life. There are many opportunities to reflect on how we are living our lives and how we can grow in our life’s purpose and mission.

Relativism trains us to be indifferent to other people. We might tolerate their decisions and “coexist” with them. But do we love them? In the end relativism encourages us to be unconcerned about the people around us and neglect our responsibilities toward them.

At the end of every chapter, there are questions for reflection and discussion which also makes the book suitable for book clubs, youth and young adult groups and other discussion groups. Sri also includes a postscript exploring apologetics to common objections about the faith.

Who Am I to Judge was a quick and easy read. At 177 pages once I picked it up, it was hard to put down and I was engrossed in what I was reading. It’s very easy to digest and is written in a casual and conversational way. Ultimately, it’s a book that gets to the heart of who we are called to be and how we are called to love as Catholics.

Reviewed by Ana Santitto – Veritatis Publishing

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