Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rationalizing Relativism; A Theological Approach

A Rational Response to Relativism « Butch’s Blog
When I discovered this Blog the author "Butch" had taken me by surprise a bit by his calm cool headed approach to philosophy of relativism. I read and re-read his philosophy and said to myself, "there are definitely portions of this blog post worthy of a share"! Anyways, he goes on to say:

The relativists deny that there are any moral absolutes, and they base this conclusion on the fact that people have different opinions about morality. It is obvious that this conclusion is not logical. “How does it follow that if people have different points of view then nobody’s right?”* This position was refuted earlier in the response to the Society Does Relativism, but there is an even more fundamental problem that the relativists face in their denial of moral absolutes. Their position compels them to explain how deviant behavior can be morally benign. On issues like rape, murder, and genocide there is no question that any sane person would agree that these behaviors are detrimental to society. How can the relativists support their contention in the face of such overwhelming evidence for moral absolutes? Here again, the relativists’ own argument has forced a position that he can not be defended.

Relativism is a selfish philosophy that dulls the conscience. It causes the individual to lose his or her scruples and all sense of humanity, and it produces behavior that conflicts with social norms. Ultimately, it is dangerous because it sanctions attitudes and actions that are destructive to society.

* Denotes quotes from the book ”Relativism, Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air” by Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl, Grand Rapids Press ISBN 0-8010-5806-6."

I would like to say, is at at all possible that if everyone does indeed have differing points of opinion, that someone might indeed be incorrect? And if this is so, than who is to say without any doubt whatsoever, who those people are? This is just a question I am asking. I am not saying he is wrong and I am right. I am just posing a question not as a relativist , but just as an independent thinker.


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