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Piers Morgan: King of the Chronological Snobs

By on 12.9.13 | 12:10PM

Pastor Rick Warren sat down with Piers Morgan to talk about a variety of topics including homosexuality. Piers Morgan has long be a tireless advocate for same-sex marriage and he can't quite comprehend those who are standing on the wrong side of history. Morgan's argument centered on how Pastor Warren needed to change with the times. He snidely remarked that Warren had an extensive library, but that many of the scholars in his library have come around on gay marriage. How could he, a smart man, possibly disagree with popular consensus? This line of reasoning echoes the general progressive belief that "new is always better." C.S. Lewis thought such arguments were "chronological snobbery." Lewis described how he was disabused of such notions in the story of his conversion, Surprised by Joy.

Barfield never made me an Anthroposophist, but his counterattacks destroyed forever two elements in my own thought. In the first place he made short work of what I have called my "chronological snobbery," the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited. You must find why it went out of date. Was it ever refuted (and if so by whom, where, and how conclusively) or did it merely die away as fashions do? If the latter, this tells us nothing about its truth or falsehood. From seeing this, one passes to the realization that our own age is also "a period," and certainly has, like all periods, its own characteristic illusions. They are likeliest to lurk in those widespread assumptions which are so ingrained in the age that no one dares to attack or feels it necessary to defend them.

 Pastor Warren parried Morgan's moral relativism with the ultimate truth claims of Christianity. He rightly points out that it makes more sense to fear the God of the universe than a mere mortal. One does not have to accept Warren's contentions of course, but the logic is there. Watch the entire clip below.

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