The ideas of and the philosophical reasoning that brought us moral relativism was as much about denying God as they were about reason. The Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment were fraught with attacks on basic Christian beliefs, rejection of God and denial of miracles. In an attempt to divorce himself from the mysticism of the Middle Ages, man during the Age of Reason, applauded intellect and disdained spirit. God was believed to be unknowable, if He existed at all, and certainly there was no need for divine communication or revelation. Reason, rationality, and enlightenment became the new ‘gods.
In the Age of Enlightment, nature was revelation enough showing all that needed to be known of God. Man was now free to postulate his own theories of existence and ideas about earth and its relation to the sun. This movement advocated rationality as a means to establish an authoritative system of ethics, aesthetics, and knowledge. The irony of the period is that though man sought and believed himself to be enlightened, he missed the basic truths that would have been clear to him had he not hardened his heart in denunciation of God.
The students as well as the teacher have all been willing participants in denying truth. It is a basic failing of man to want to be in charge and follow his own will. We are all more perfect and much smarter in our own eyes; we want to have our own way and the only way to do it is be our own God, and to do so we have to allow everyone else to do the same which is moral relativism put into practice.
Published on Thursday, April 2, 2015 @ 4:05 AM CDT