Relativism vs Absolutism

Discussion Assignment Instructions

The student will complete 3 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 500–600 words. The student must then post 1 reply of at least 500–600. You must try to respond to a classmate who has not received a reply yet. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 1 scholarly citation in Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in Turabian format. Biblical references are highly encouraged, but will not count as an academic source. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include the course textbooks, books, journal articles, periodicals, and similar publications. Sources such as Wikipedia and online dictionaries do not count as academic sources and should not be used.

After studying the Learn materials, compose an argument that is objective, carefully-constructed, and free of emotion (and hence it should not contain any exclamation points) in support of your opinion about ethical relativism and Christian ethics. Formulate your argument by answering BOTH of the following questions:

  1. Is Christian ethics relativistic or absolutist? Explain your answer.
  2. What, if any, are the differences between ethical relativism and the subjective aspects of Christian ethics?

For question 1, answer whether Christian ethics is relativistic or absolutist. First, you should define relativism and absolutism. Don’t simply re-state the reading, but provide an explanation of relativism and absolutism using your own words but also showing that you did the reading and understand the issues. Present the strengths and weaknesses of relativism and how these compare to absolutism. Whichever side you take on the issue, please treat both sides with respect.

For question 2, explain the differences between ethical relativism and the subjective elements in Christian ethics. In addition to the textbooks, outside sources, and video presentations, you are encouraged to incorporate important biblical passages such as Romans 14–15.

In your Discussion thread and reply, you should bring into play the material from the assigned readings, Moral Choices and Talking About Ethics. You must read these books carefully. Each book presents arguments for relativism that are eventually rejected as fallacious. The more cogent arguments are presented later in the chapters where the authors deal with serious objections to relativism. In addition, it is highly recommended that you read ahead in chapters 2 and 3 of Moral Choices. Since this Discussion covers Modules 1 and 2, it will be advantageous for you to read these chapters so that you can deal with all requirements of this assignment, including your thread and reply.

I will give you the information for the two books.

Requirements: 500-600 words

Recommended Readings

Fuller, S. (2018). Relativism Versus Absolutism: The Sense of Relativism That Leibniz and Hegel Grasped but Plato Didn’t. Relativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society: Possibilities and Challenges, 21-34.

Taghi Poor, S., Oskoueian, A., Alamolhoda, A., & Ziaei, H. (2021). Relativity and tolerance Absolute moral values and their effect on coexistence. Existence and Knowledge8(1), 239-260.

Wong, D. B. (2023). Moral Relativism and Pluralism. Cambridge University Press.

Relativism vs Absolutism (https://www.gcu.edu/blog/theology-ministry/dear-theophilus-absolutism-and-relativism)

Bajrami, D., & Demiri, B. (2019). Ethical relativism and morality. ILIRIA Int. Rev9(1), 221-230.