The profound responsibility the scholar once possessed, the communication of truth, has been reneged; and all the pretended “humility” that seeks to conceal this fact behind sophisticated chatter on “the limits of human knowledge,” is but another mask of the Nihilism the Liberal academician shares with extremists of our day. Youth that – until it is “reeducated” in the academic environment – still thirsts for truth, is taught instead of truth the “history of ideas,” or its interest is diverted into “comparative” studies, and the all-pervading relativism and skepticism inculcated in these studies is sufficient to kill in almost all the natural thirst for truth. … It is corrupting to hear or read the words of men who do not believe in truth. It is yet more corrupting to receive, in place of truth, more learning and scholarship which, if they are presented as ends in themselves, are no more than parodies of the truth they were meant to serve, no more than a façade behind which there is no substance. It is, tragically, corrupting even to be exposed to the primary virtue still left to the academic world, the integrity of the best of its representatives – if this integrity serves, not the truth, but skeptical scholarship, and so seduces men all the more effectively to the gospel of subjectivism and unbelief this scholarship conceals. … Christian Truth is seen as irrelevant to the central academic concerns, wherein even those who still believe this Truth can only sporadically make their voices heard above the skepticism promoted by the academic system.
- Fr. Seraphim (Rose)
Who can say it better than Fr. Seraphim?