The Myth Of Relativism

From : https://lifehopeandtruth.com/discern/november-december-2019/the-abyss-of-moral-relativism/

Recently on the For The King Podcast, we recorded an episode with an identical title to that of this blog. This topic is massively broad and an accompanying blog post may help flesh everything out. First lets define some terms

rel·a·tiv·ism/ˈrelədəˌvizəm/ noun

  1. the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.1

If you are familiar to the philosophical discussion on relativism, you often hear it talked about in relation to morality (cultural relativism). Cultural relativism purports that the reasoning for differences in cultural morality is because morality is actually up to cultures to decide and not transcendent above cultural attitudes. This is a tempting thought because it seems so empirically verifiable. Just look at all of these others cultures and they get along fine! Some cultures include cannibalism, polyamory, abortion, etc. These cultural differences are just unique to each culture and no one culture has a monopoly on morality. There are ,however, different forms of relativism. A more strict view would say that each society is entitled to its own relative cultural norms and practices that manifest in morality, and that no outside culture has a right to judge or speak into that morality. This would lead to being forced to accept the Nazi party’s justification for the holocaust and chalk it up to difference in thought based on cultural differences. This is obviously a silly thought as all people cry out for justice against such things and condemn the obvious evils of the Nazi party.

So what is another alternative view? Cultural relativism can try and save itself by saying that we must be critical of some practices in each society based on why that society is pushing such a practice. Such a view that actually makes a judgment on perspectives can hardly be called relative anymore. If there is ever a standard invoked by a thinker then that standard now becomes the final authority. To make a judgement is to appeal to a higher authority. Modernity proposed that truth is found in the individual, but post-modernity claims that there is no truth. That even the truth for oneself isn’t really capital T truth, but rather just what’s true for you. I hope you can see that slight difference. Modernity was characterized by rationality and whatever one could reach from reason is the final authority of truth, but indeed capital T truth itself. Post-modernity and relativism purports that there is no capital T truth that is binding on all people like rationality was binding for modernity.

The pitfall of relativism (in both forms laid out above) lies in its logical contradiction from its foundation. To say the statement such as “there is no truth” is a capital T truth, is it not? To say that it is absolutely true that there is no truth is in itself a truth. With such a contradiction present one is forced to change their worldview. Why must they change? Their starting assumption of something as basic as truth is flawed. Is there a way out for someone that holds such a position? Yes, however, the only way out is to admit absurdity and try your best to live life based on such foolish principles. Even to rebuttal with a statement such as “well, there is truth we just can’t understand it.” Well my friend, can you understand that statement of truth? If so then you have walked yourself into another contradiction.

This short polemic against relativism could have much more to say but I want to equip the Christian to push the antithesis of such foolish worldviews. There are professors, politicians, scientist, legislators, and many more of our societies leaders that think these thoughts. We must be quick to admit the supremacy of Christ and his Word as THE truth. Jesus says in John 14:6 that he is the truth. All epistemological2 foundations are found in Christ and his Word. I hope to release another blog post soon expounding on the epistemological stronghold of Christ and the epistemological skepticism that comes with naturalism, relativism, post-modernity and the like.

In conclusion, do not let the unbeliever off the hook with such statements. If they commit logical fallacies hold them to that and don’t let them out of that until they give you a satisfactory answer. So many Christians give up in their apologetic when the unbeliever spouts such nonsense. We must be prepared to push the antithesis of their view (thesis). If they don’t except truth don’t give up but press them until they confess themselves consistent in their worldview or admit the folly of their views.

1.)https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100412717#:~:text=The%20doctrine%20that%20knowledge%2C%20truth,context%2C%20and%20are%20not%20absolute.

2.) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epistemology

epistemology

noun

epis·​te·​mol·​o·​gy | \ i-ˌpi-stə-ˈmä-lə-jē  \

Definition of epistemology

the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity

Masculinity & Femininity in the Church

This week Bryce and I continue to walk through biblical masculinity and femininity. We move first, after defining our terms three weeks ago, to the home, and now to the church. The church is the bulwark against an evil and God-hating world. The church has been tasked with the proclamation of the gospel through public gathering and worship of God and sending families out into our communities to win the nations to Christ. For the organization to run well God has instituted certain members of his church to be leaders and servants of the church known as elders and deacons. This week bryce and I walk through how masculinity and femininity play out in the church. Certain men being the leaders and the rest of the men and women to follow them who ultimately follow Christ. Thanks for tuning in! I hope you are continuing to enjoy the series that is so needed in our culture.

Key Texts: Isaiah 3:12 ; 1 Corinthians 11:514:33-35 ; Philippians 4:2-3 ; 1 Timothy 2:8-153:1-135:10 ; Titus 1:5-92:3-5

Resources :
Masculine Christianity by Zach Garris 
The Household and the War for the Cosmos by C.R Wiley 
Article by Zach Garris (https://knowingscripture.com/articles/the-womans-desire-and-the-mans-rule-genesis-3-16
Blog by Doug Wilson (https://dougwils.com/books-and-culture/s7-engaging-the-culture/masculinity-without-permission.html)

My guest joining me this week on the Sunday series is my brother Bryce. Bryce is getting his undergraduate degree in philosophy and hopes to get his MDiv. from a seminary after he completes his undergrad. He hopes to be a pastor shepherding Gods people one day.

Website: forthekingpodcast.com
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Masculinity & Femininity in the Home

This week Bryce and I continue to walk through biblical masculinity and femininity. We move first, after defining our terms two weeks ago, to the home. The home is the foundational unit for all of society. For the church, businesses, civil government, all of society. So, we plant our anchor in the home where men and women have specific roles they play out, without which all of society will collapse. Tune in this week to see what God’s word has to tell us about how men and women act in a home.


Key Texts: Ephesians 5:22-336:1-4 ; Colossians 3:18-25 ; 1 Peter 3:1-7


Resources : 
Masculine Christianity by Zach Garris The Household and the War for the Cosmos by C.R Wiley How to Exasperate your Wife by Douglas Wilson  Article by Zach Garris (https://knowingscripture.com/articles/the-womans-desire-and-the-mans-rule-genesis-3-16Blog by Doug Wilson (https://dougwils.com/books-and-culture/s7-engaging-the-culture/masculinity-without-permission.html)My guest joining me this week on the Sunday series is my brother Bryce. Bryce is getting his undergraduate degree in philosophy and hopes to get his MDiv. from a seminary after he completes his undergrad. He hopes to be a pastor shepherding Gods people one day.


Website: forthekingpodcast.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/For-The-King-105492691873696/
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Book Review (August) : The Fear of God by John Bunyan

“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.” – 2 Timothy 4:13


“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and they that lack the beginning have neither middle nor end.” – John Bunyan
“Though there is not always grace where there is the fear of hell, yet, to be sure, there is no grace where there is no fear of God.” ― John Bunyan.



This episode I walk through The Fear of God by John Bunyan. It was a wonderful read and something definitely worth picking up. The contemporary church doesn’t speak much about the fear of God, but I assure you that after reading this book by Bunyan you will be well informed. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Learning to fear God rightly is fruit that every Christian ought to bear. Thanks for listening!


Get the book: https://www.amazon.com/Fear-God-John-Bunyan/dp/1848718187/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=fear+of+god+bunyan&qid=1631052105&sr=8-4


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Defining Biblical Masculinity & Femininity

This week on the Sunday Series, Bryce and I begin a new series on gender roles as defined by the creation order in the bible. Gender is thought to be a social construct that changes with society/culture. Biblically we know that our gender, and the gender roles inherent in each gender, are defined by God alone and not mankind. Gender does not change and Gender roles do not change. God has told us what these things are and how we ought to think about them. The human mind is spectacular but not spectacular enough to undo the things God has already put into us. The weeks following, Bryce and I will continue to walk through biblical gender roles and how Christians ought to think about them based on various passages in the bible. Thanks so much for listening, we hope it glorifies God and edifies you!


Key Texts: Genesis 1:26-272:15-251 Corinthians 11:3, 7-9


Eric Conn’s Podcast is great to listen to for biblical masculinity/femininity: https://open.spotify.com/show/3g6JOGWFPQAEbaQlmIaCwp?si=c5778811911e42fa


Articles with studies and statistics of women depressed in the work force:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/11/21/women-with-workplace-power-are-more-depressed-men-not-so-much/
https://hrexecutive.com/hres-number-of-the-day-depression-among-working-women/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190225192140.htm -> THIS ONE IS VERY IMPORTANT

My guest joining me this week on the Sunday series is my brother Bryce. Bryce is getting his undergraduate degree in philosophy and hopes to get his MDiv. from a seminary after he completes his undergrad. He hopes to be a pastor shepherding Gods people one day.


Website: forthekingpodcast.com
Contact: forthekingpodcast@gmail.com

Interview: Zach Garris, Author of Masculine Christianity

This Wonky Wednesday I interview author, attorney, writer, and follower of Christ Zach Garris. Zach holds a Master of Divinity from RTS (Jackson) and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. He has written for Chronicles Magazine, the Mises Institute, and Desiring God. He edited a book call “Dabney on Fire”, writes at KnowingScripture.com and manages another website TeachDiligently.com. He wrote the book “Masculine Christianity” which is what the interview is over. In this interview, we walk through the book to get a few big picture points that Christians ought to consider moving forward in America. Feminism, Egalitarianism, Complementarianism, and Biblical Patriarchy are just a few topics in this episode. Biblical roles of men and women are always rooted in the creation order and not some cultural norm. Enjoy the episode and thanks so much for listening!


Pick up Zach’s Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Masculine-Christianity-Zachary-Garris/dp/1735473901
Zach’s interview with Eric Conn on the Hard Men Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5sfOMlAM995pLzg5BAenqm?si=c1e393cf230c4570


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