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Rediscovering the Original Meaning of the Word “Relevant.”

One of the recurring words of modern times is the word “relevance” and it’s related form “relevant.” There is great insistence today that whatever is said, taught, or presented should be relevant. Often what this means is that it should be applicable, reasonable, understandable, easily grasped, and, above all, modern.

And this is the most problematic aspect of the modern meaning of the word. Thus, relevance has to do with being in agreement with, or in step with modern times, with the thinking, leanings, customs and mores of people today, here and now.

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