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Considering origins of moral law


The discussion regarding the concept of “worldviews” in recent letters is interesting; an important one for sure in this age of moral relativism where historically understood “self-evident truths” are rejected and even mocked. Ideas have consequences and worldview presuppositions are the seeds of ideas.

An atheistic, evolutionary world view can result only in subjective morality with there being no authority higher than man to establish morality objectively. That worldview, as we are seeing, can redefine marriage, family, ethics, justice, property, and even gender; a slippery slope that leads to who knows where.

Obviously, such a worldview is contrary to Biblical Christianity, which recognizes objective morality as transcendent and absolute because it emanates from an authority higher than man.

The most important question posited by Mr. Kerr in his earlier letter went unanswered: “By what moral authority can force be used in the form of law if every man has the autonomous right to define ethics, justice, law and morality for themselves?”

In my view, this question cannot be answered with a consistent adherence to evolutionary assumptions and subjective morality. If man is an autonomous evolutionary being, each man must be granted equal autonomy ... the right to “self law.” Any implementation of law by a collective, either by direct force or democracy, necessarily denies autonomy to those who are subjugated by force or by vote. Seldom do we see an atheist evolutionist stay consistent with their worldview presuppositions and actually advocate anarchy.

Humanistic atheism is entirely irreconcilable with the Declaration since it cannot recognize individual “Creator endowed unalienable rights.”

In reference to a couple of specific points in letters responding to Mr. Kerr, I must add: the commandment against stealing, properly understood and applied, speaks against slavery. Also, whether or not one refers to atheism as a theology, it certainly cannot claim to be a religiously neutral worldview.

Rick Jore


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