Christianity Provides Moral Absolutes: The Failure of non-Christian Moral Systems
By Mike Robinson
Apparently healthy, normal, pleasant young German lads, counterparts … in America would be called “fine college boys,” could be and were–1000’s of them–turned quickly into cruel, course bullies who, in uniform of the notorious S.S., flogged elderly doctors and schoolmasters into unconsciousness for the facilitating of the process of opening the jaws and purloining the gold fillings of their… victims before they were wheeled off to one of the crematory.1
“Man––the most brutal, the most resolute creature on earth. He knows nothing but extermination of his enemies in the world” (Adolph Hitler in his wicked work: The Superiority of the Aryans).
Pragmatism: the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge, meaning, and value.
How do you know what is right or wrong? Many people feel the way to establish law is to study a problem and legislate what works best (that which is the most efficient; relating to praxis). Laws that promote a moral code that merely works best are capricious. Laws that solely aim to promote the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number of people are, also, fickle and arbitrary. Moreover these laws can change. And they do not provide an immovable standard to discern what happiness is or what works best.
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Utilitarianism declares that law is to be based on evaluating what supplies the most utility for the most men; what provides the most happiness for the greatest number of people. Laws are to be legislated based exclusively on what will promote the best consequences. However, utilitarian’s cannot find agreement among themselves concerning the proper objective: Is the correct goal the greatest quality of happiness or the greatest quantity of happiness? And who decides? What is more, utilitarianism cannot supply an ultimate and unchanging standard. It just pushes the question back one step. What is the ultimate standard that judges what is more valuable? Utilitarianism fails because it requires a standard that transcends itself.
Ethical pragmatism is one way of determining what is good or bad. … That which works best determines its moral value. Careful evaluation should discern the possible consequences in order to see if an action is … right or wrong. The moral answer is to be judged in terms of whether the actions yield satisfactory results (Richard H. Popkin).
In 2004, Las Vegas County Commissioners and members of the community gathered to debate laws that would restrict erotic dancers. They decided to proscribe moderate rules for lap dancing. Most of the citizens and the commissioners did not cite any moral law that would prohibit such behavior. Instead, one person after another simply cited pragmatic or consequentialist reasons to support their arguments such as: Scientific research indicates sensual touching promotes good health for the human heart. One lady who spoke was an ex-stripper; she recounted how stripping ruined her life. Still, research has also indicated that many serial rapists and sex offenders visit strip clubs and this may eventually lead them to commit heinous sexual crimes against others. However endorsement of pragmatism or consequentialism raises the questions…
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