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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Dennis Prager’s Latest: Part XI

Supplemental ideas about morality.

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Dennis Prager, in Moral Absolutes: Judeo-Christian Values: Part XI, deals from a slightly different angle with the question discussed in Once Again: Whence Comes Morality?

Mr. Prager begins:

“Nothing more separates Judeo-Christian values from secular values than the question of whether morality—what is good or evil—is absolute or relative. In other words, is there an objective right or wrong, or is right or wrong a matter of personal opinion?

?“In the Judeo-Christian value system, God is the source of moral values and therefore what is moral and immoral transcends personal or societal opinion. Without God, each society or individual makes up its or his/her moral standards. But once individuals or societies become the source of right and wrong, right and wrong, good and evil, are merely adjectives describing one’s preferences. This is known as moral relativism, and it is the dominant attitude toward morality in modern secular society.

?“Moral relativism means that murder, for example, is not objectively wrong; you may feel it’s wrong, but it is no more objectively wrong than your feeling that some music is awful renders that music objectively awful. It’s all a matter of personal feeling. That is why in secular society people are far more prone to regard moral judgments as merely feelings. Children are increasingly raised to ask the question, “How do you feel about it?” rather than, “Is it right or wrong?”

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