I am confused, since this seems to support rather than refute your contention of wrongdoing by morally relativistic leadership. In fact, one as ignorant as I am of Dewey's overall work, might conclude that Dewey advocated divorce of education from moral considerations, since morality mght be a means of suppressing behavior digressing from norms.
The individuals of the submerged mass may not be very wise. But there is one thing they are wiser about than anybody else can be, and that is where the shoe pinches.
Please explain: is this a metaphor for an intuitive doctrinal righteousness for the mass? Will the mass resist change where resistance is proper and necessary? Do you assert that the mass knows what is the correct doctrine in this matter?
And this is not a personal attack, but if this is what you are suggesting, what of the mass that opposed ordination of women in the EC? Were they correct to resist that change? Was the shoe pinching then?
Dear Old Geezer,
Dewey wasn't especially concerned about morality, no. He was a pragmatist. He was writing here about the relationship between progressive education and democracy. He has been quoted to support the revisionist position, i.e. adjust and accomodate to fix the problem, but his words here stand as a criticism of revisionist bishops who coerce and threaten clergy and laypersons who don't agree with them. That's the shoe that pinches! Thanks for helping me to clarify that.