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Topic: Relativism vs. Absolutism

Thread: Compose a  500-600 word 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 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. Here you should bring  into play the arguments that are discussed in the assigned reading in  chapter two of our textbook, Moral Reasoning. You should also  incorporate the introduction from our Biblical Ethics textbook. You must  read these chapters carefully. Some of the arguments for relativism  presented in Moral Reasoning are eventually rejected as fallacious. The  more cogent arguments are not presented until the second half of the  chapter, where the author sides with the overwhelming majority of  ethicists in concluding that ethical relativism is false. You may also  read ahead to chapters 8 and 9 in Moral Reasoning, where the author  presents a Christian ethic, and you may also consult outside sources.  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 and academic sources, you are encouraged to incorporate  important biblical passages such as Romans 14-15.

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