Posted: Sep 15, 2014 4:38 pm
by Shrunk
Even if moral absolutism was a good thing in theory, under current circumstances it is completely unworkable because, if God exists and is in possession of absolute and objective rules for moral conduct, for some reason he has not deigned to clearly inform us of what these are. So we have to go around as if we are moral relativists and try to come up with rules that work the best of all concerns.

For instance, suppose we are setting the road system of a new country and are deciding whether vehicles can drive on the left or right hand side. As moral relativists we can simply take the position that neither side is the "right" side, and the important thing is that we are all driving on the same side. However, the moral absolutists would say that there is only one correct side on which to drive, the one that God wants us to drive on. And, inevitably, there will be groups on both side who insist that their side is the one that should be driven on. In such a situation, there would be no way to resolve such an impasse short of one side defeating and subjugating the other, usually thru the warfare of other violent means. I fail to see the advantage in that, myself.