Get Inoculated by Clay Jones’ “Truth S.E.R.U.M.M”
By Justin Wishart
I had the pleasure of driving Professor Clay Jones to Airdrie Koinonia Christian School to present a talk to grade 11 and 12 students. Jones is a Professor of Apologetics at one of the top Christian universities, BIOLA. He started with a succinct history lesson, explaining how most students do not accept there are objective moral truths – that morality is relative. This is called moral relativism, which Jones summed up as, “you have your truth, I have my truth, your truth is no better than my truth and my truth is no better than your truth, and there is no moral truth with a capital T”.
Even though this sounds so open-minded and tolerant to our modern ears, Jones insists it isn’t. He presented the students with an acronym that spells “S.E.R.U.M.M.” which shows that moral relativism is absurd and even dangerous.
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S= SELF REFUTING: Moral relativists will often say things like, “you can’t push your morality on others!” But, this is obviously absurd, for, the moral relativist is saying “you shouldn’t” do something which is the definition of pushing your morality on others. He is doing the very thing that he says you cannot do. Even more fundamental, moral relativism is a distinct moral system that the moral relativist obviously thinks is right. But, moral relativism by definition says that there is no correct moral system, which means that moral relativism is wrong. In other words, to say that moral relativism is right is to say that moral relativism is wrong. It refutes itself.
E= Evil Enabling: Jones used a technique here where he tries to show things that are so obviously wrong (like kicking a baby down the street) that if the moral relativist agrees this is actually wrong, then his position is false. But if he is to remain consistent with his view, he must agree that kicking a baby down the street isn’t actually wrong. If something as sickening as kicking a baby down the street isn’t wrong, then any “evil” act is permissible. He read quotes by leading ethicists who contend that bestiality and pedophilia are not wrong to demonstrate the path that moral relativism leads. The world where moral relativism reigns becomes a very ugly world…
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