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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
March 6th, 2015 by Joel Watts

the erosion of moral facts?

The Facts of Life (TV series)

The Facts of Life (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are we teaching our children that only “proven” facts can be called right? Indeed, such is the proposition Justin P. McBrayer makes in a NY Times Op-Ed:

In summary, our public schools teach students that all claims are either facts or opinions and that all value and moral claims fall into the latter camp. The punchline: there are no moral facts. And if there are no moral facts, then there are no moral truths.

via Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts – NYTimes.com.

This is, I think, a result of modernity. The philosopher (one who teaches religion) rails against this. I was apprehensive about suggesting that he is right — until I consulted an ethicist who basically agreed. I mean, I “feel” this way, but since that is not “proven…”

In my opinion, we are factually discrediting science when we create these categories as well as leading us into some serious moral problems in the future. If moral facts are nothing but opinions, with no one able to make a choice about them, then what is to stop the most heinous crimes from being executed without repercussions?

I would recommend reading the entire essay.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


2 Responses to “the erosion of moral facts?”
  1. lucifer says

    Compassion , remorse, wisdom. The compassion not to commit the crime .the remorse from commiting the crime . The wisdom to learn from our life experiences.Morals are the true definition of mankind and can not be seperated from who we are.

  2. On the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, that all men are created equal is taught as opinion is very discouraging.

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