Last month I began a review of Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (soft cover, Kindle, GoodReads) by Frank Beckwith and Greg Koukl. In that portion I summarized the authors’ explanation and critique of moral relativism in the first two parts of the book. This month I will dig into the connections the authors see between relativism and education and public policy and their recommendations for responding to relativism in the public square. I will conclude the review with my thoughts and recommendation.
Part 3: Relativism and Education (Koukl and Beckwith)
The spread of moral relativism seems to find its roots in epistemological relativism. According to this view, no one can know the correct answers to any of life’s questions, and morality is one of these questions. This view has led to the “political correctness” movement within the school system. It teaches that all viewpoints are equally valid and must be entertained, but ultimately they cannot be tested for their truth-value. Since no view can be tested in such a way, no person can claim superiority over another based on their view being true and all others false. [Read more…]