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Christian Living: Truth

Sunday, July 22, 2018

 

Moral relativism is the view that moral judgments are true or false only in relation to some particular culture or historical period.

But there are some problems with that view:

  • It is self-defeating: it is a moral judgment itself, yet it makes an absolute claim that moral judgments are always relative to culture or history.
     
  • There are variations in some areas, but all cultures throughout history have some form of the statement "treat others the way you want to be treated." (Source: the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
     
  • The denial of moral truth can lead to an abandonment of scientific truth. This is an increasingly common phenomenon in the 21st century.
     
  • It destroys the concept of basic rights. Slavery, killing your newborn, human sacrifice, all could be considered "true for the people in that culture / historical period."
     
  • It can lead to what C.S. Lewis termed "chronological snobbery": the assumption that what we believe is automatically superior to what people used to believe.

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