Relativism is judgmental, exclusivist, and partisan. This may seem an odd thing to say since the relativist asserts that his viewpoint is nonjudgmental, inclusivist, and neutral when it comes to moral beliefs. But consider the following.
First, the relativist says that if you believe in objective moral truth, you are wrong. Hence, relativism is judgmental. Second, it follows that relativism excludes your beliefs from the realm of legitimate options. Thus, relativism is exclusivist. And third, because relativism is exclusive, all nonrelativists are automatically not members of the “correct thinking” party. So relativism is partisan.
The trouble with moral relativism is that it fails the basic test for truth. A truth must be true for everyone. 2+2=4 is a truth; it is true for everyone. To say that relativism is non-judgmental, inclusive, and non-partisan and then violate the tenets of the belief to enforce the doctrine is a false doctrine. There is no truth in false doctrine and this is the fundamental failure of moral relativism.
Published on Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 4:29 AM CDT