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Who Am I to Judge?: Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  42 reviews
-Don't be so judgmental!-

-Why are Christians so intolerant?-

-Why can't we just coexist?-

In an age in which preference has replaced morality, many people find it difficult to speak the truth, afraid of the reactions they will receive if they say something is right or wrong. Using engaging stories and personal experience, Edward Sri helps us understand the classical view of
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Paperback, 190 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Ignatius Press
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booklady
This book is very much needed today. Fortunately it is also accessible and loving. Dr. Sri actually speaks to his readers in his writing. The language he uses is almost identical to that found in the 8 part study program. So if you have the opportunity to do the series with a group, of course you will gain even more from the interaction and conversation with different perspectives. But if you are pressed for time or don’t live near anywhere that offers these programs, the book includes all the s ...more
Laura
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How I live my life will deeply impact other people - for better or for worse. Other people are affected by the choices I make each day. My life matters. My choices matter.
Great way to truly explain relativism and the difference in making a judgement and judging souls.
Thadeus
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Relativism is a topic that is of crucial importance to everyone today. It has become the overriding and tyrannical worldview that we face. It is challenging us and our children.

Edward Sri has done an outstanding job of providing a jumping in point for anyone who takes their faith seriously enough to want it to affect the way they live, the decisions that they make, and the way they respond to our culture, media, and the enactment and enforcement of our laws. Even if you are not actively followin
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David Rickert
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The older I become the more I believe that truth is absolute, not relative, and that we get into dangerous waters when we say that we are okay with how everyone else lives their lives as long as they aren't hurting anyone else. Sri convincingly argues for why that world view is dangerous and illogical but also tells us how to avoid arguments by responding with love and grace. Although written from a Catholic perspective, it deals with universal truths from all religions and traditions while deal ...more
Sammy
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent, easy-to-read, and well-researched guide on how those who follow a "classical" moral code can better engage with those who believe relativism reigns supreme. As someone who finds evangelism to be a struggle between peaceful interactions and effective impressions, I love the "take this argument with you" advice this book offers. I also think this can be a very valuable read for someone who feels drawn to relativism, but recognizes its shortcomings, and wants to be educated on ...more
V Forr
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an insightful, thought-provoking, and informative primer on reason, love, and relativism. Dr. Sri's focus is relativism and he touches on topics that have been intentionally ignored for far too long. The content is highly readable and the examples are relatable. The keys to responding to relativism are practical which is why I strongly recommend this book for everyone. Happy reading! ...more
Oliver Schnusenberg
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first of what am sure will be many Edward Sri books. His writing is crisp and to the point. His book is loaded with useful apologetics for "every day" issues we run into. I also like that he stresses charity (love) overall. In my opinion, Mr. Sri nailed the important issue of gauging the right time and way in which to approach relativism with others. ...more
Sarah
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Sri wrote this book so well. He makes it easy to understand what relativism is and how you can respond to it in your own life and when encountering others. He also provides examples that you could use in conversation with people to help them see the point you are trying to make. This book is definitely worth reading many times.
Colleen
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an easy read. Dr. Sri gives very good suggestions on how to respond to people on moral issues.
Michael
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good book. It gives reasonable answers to explain why relativism is not a good thing.
Daniel Cluskey
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The book follows a logical progression of explaining why morality cannot be relative and then building on that understanding to methods for explaining that truth to others.  While it succeeds in the first step, it unfortunately falls short on the second. The methods Sri recommends are valuable starting points and there are some very touching examples, but the theoretical antagonist he uses in most of his hypothetical situations is seriously uneducated and not a good representation of how real co ...more
Daniel Millard
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a very light read, digestible by your average layman (Catholic, Protestant, or otherwise) on the problems with moral relativism, and rational approaches to discussing these problems and embracing classical moral tradition. It offers nothing that many minds haven't in the past, and definitely trends toward "The New Evangelization" of modern Catholicism, but there's a decent amount of common sense, presented in an understandable format for college freshmen (which I take to be the original ...more
Patti
Well, I had high hopes for this book and I am attempting to review it for what it is, and not what I thought it might be.

I thought the second half of the book was excellent: the key concepts to use and keep in mind when having a discussion with someone of a relativistic mindset if you are from a more classical worldview. In truth, most of this content could be utilized to have more productive discussions on any topic when there is disagreement between two people: skills and virtues sorely missi
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Richard Grebenc
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title is enough to grab you, especially considering the controversy around the pope's using the phrase. A proper understanding of judgment of others (actions) is treated in the book. The meat of the book more directly deals with the subtitle, though, "Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love."

The author does a superb job in dealing with all aspects of relativism in this relatively short but eminently readable (and shareable) book. It could be read in an afternoon or pondered chapter by b
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Lynne Murphy
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started a committee at our Catholic church that plans various parish events, including Lenten programs. I found this on an internet search, read it and immediately recommended it for our 2019 program as it has a DVD set with a leader and participant guide as well. The book is wonderful. The author addresses one of the biggest issues of our time: relativism on morality. He gives many great examples illustrating the many adverse effects of relativism and how to identify it, address it and defend ...more
Indra Setiadi
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Cassey Hanselman
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I read Pope Benedict's book as well on relativism. It was great too. This book does bring a little Pope Francis's love and mercy to a more palatable place for me

Great book. I read Pope Benedict's book as well on relativism. It was great too. This book does bring a little Pope Francis's love and mercy to a more palatable place for me.
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Joan
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a way to open and have conversations with people who seem to value very different things than I do. I’m not afraid to disagree but gained perspective on how to respect their opinion without one of us having to “win” the conversation. The videos on formed.org added a lot to our group discussion of the book.
Marilynn
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Respond Confidently

This book is written for people who want to better understand why certain moral issues of today are wrong. In addition to explaining a classical and Christian point of view for healthy living, this book also gives reasons To help those you love see destructive behaviors for what they are. This book is easy to read while being both timely and profound.
Emerson John Tiu Ng
Best book about Relativism

Best book that describes what the biggest problem our world is facing right now: relativism. This book help how we stand up on morality issues that often we just mum about just to fit in.
elaine
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, well organized content

I would recommend this book especially to teenagers, young adults, and those on the way back to the Church.
I will definitely read more books authored by
Mr. Sri.
Shelly
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
One of the best bible studies I have ever read and participated in. Unfortunately, the book synopsis in my opinion is ill-conceived. Between the synopsis and the title it fails at delivering how remarkable and thought-provoking this topic. It delivers so much more. Definitely a worthy read.
Orchid
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. One of his best books to date.
Anna
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super easy to read with good suggestions and presented in a way that builds on the previous material. A great resource and one I'm sure I'm reference in the future. ...more
Bill J Marion
Another great book by Edward Sri

This book is an easy read, yet it challenges you on not being ok with relativism. I would recommend it.
Lindabava
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt, this is the Age of relativism. This book is very useful when discussing today's moral problems. Our auguments need to be clear, strong and true. ...more
Amanda
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had some good tips for discussing relativism, but it was much more "get the log out of your own eye" convicting for me. Great stuff about virtue! ...more
Arianna Johnson
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good! Very clear and concisely written. A great walk through of how to respond to such a huge obstacle to meaningful conversation in our culture today.
Vincent
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book that put upfront the basic principles of the Catholic faith to counter modern relativism: it is about love, God's love for us. ...more
Camilo Colorado
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book that taught me many things. I loved the idea of freedom and what it actually means.
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Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally-known speaker on Scripture and Catholicism and the author of several best-selling books. Besides teaching at the Augustine Institute, Sri is a visiting professor at Benedictine College and a contributor to the popular apologetics series, Catholic for a Reason. Sri is also a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).

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