Seven Things You Can’t Do as a Moral Relativist

Salvo guest blogger Wintery Knight posted Greg Koukl’s list of Seven Fatal Flaws Of Relativism at his own blog recently. Longtime Salvo readers will recognize this. A similar article appeared in the first issue of Salvo titled Seven Things You Can’t Do as a Moral Relativist by Greg Koukl. His list is as follows:

Rule #1: Relativists Can’t Accuse Others of Wrong-Doing
Rule #2: Relativists Can’t Complain About the Problem of Evil
Rule #3: Relativists Can’t Place Blame or Accept Praise
Rule #4: Relativists Can’t Claim Anything Is Unfair or Unjust
Rule #5: Relativists Can’t Improve Their Morality
Rule#6: Relativists Can’t Hold Meaningful Moral Discussions
Rule #7: Relativists Can’t Promote the Obligation of Tolerance

Mr. Koukl, of Stand to Reason, has written a number of articles for Salvo since that first issue, and I highly recommend them to you (see below) as well as the STR website. Also, Salvo issue 21 is mailing out soon, with new articles available online! You should really subscribe today. You can also browse through a digital issue online and get a reduced subscription rate.

-Oh, the Humanity! Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade by Greg Koukl
-Evil? No Problem: In Fact, It Might Just Be Proof of an Intelligent Designer by Greg Koukl

-The Coat Hanger Conundrum: Why It’s a Deceptive Pro-Choice Defense by Greg Koukl

-Intolerant Tolerance: The Myth of Moral Neutrality by Greg Koukl

-Try Before You Buy? Not If You Are Looking for a Marriage That Will Endure Inevitable Trials by Greg Koukl

3 thoughts on “Seven Things You Can’t Do as a Moral Relativist

  1. One thing that moral relativists CAN do is tell you that you can’t tell them what they can’t do.

  2. By saying “can’t”, they’re saying, with your views, it’s logically impossible for moral relativists to 1,2,3, etc. If you’d like to provide a sound logical argument against one of those rules, we will all be open to listen. But logically. If you believe morals are relative, something I do that’s wrong to you may not be wrong to me, so you can’t do anything about it. According to your views.

  3. Miss Marshall appears to be using ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ equivocally. She appears to be saying “One thing that moral relativists CAN do [i.e. have the ability to do] is tell you that you can’t [i.e. have no moral right to] tell them what they can’t do.

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