Ethics: Moral Absolutes

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Ethics 3.1
1. Why are Christian ethics and theology inseparable? What did Francis Schaeffer mean when he said that not all things are the same to God?
Christian ethics is inseparable from theology because it is grounded in the character of God. Francis Schaeffer said that not all things are the same to God and means that God exists and has a character, but not all things are the same to him. Some things conform to His character, and some are opposed to his character.
2. What did Schaeffer conclude about a society without moral absolutes? Do we see this in society?
Schaeffer concludes that if a society has no moral absolutes then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgments conflict. There
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Do people have free wills? Do you measure morality by results or by principles? Do people have duties as well as rights?
12. Why are there such diverse views and conflicts regarding humanistic ethics?
There are diverse views and conflicts because there is a lack of consensus about the foundation of ethics and that is problematic for the whole concept of Humanistic ethics.
13. Who proposed the “no-truth thesis” and what does it state?
Kai Nelson and it states that no question of the truth or falsity of moral values can sensibly arise.
14. How do most humanists attempt to dodge the “no-truth thesis”? How does Corliss Lamont address this issue?
They attempt to doge it by claiming that they use reason to determine right and wrong in the context of ethical relativism. Lamont addresses the issue with optimism stating that as long as we pursue activities that are healthy, socially useful and in accordance with reason, pleasure and happiness will accompany us and the supreme good will the eventual result.
15. What did Arthur E. Gravatt, Joseph Fletcher, Herbert W. Schneider, and Paul Kurtz have to say about Ethics?
Dr. Arthur E. Gravatt: Moral behavior may differ from situation to situation. Behavior might be moral for one person and not another or moral at one time and not another. Joseph Fletcher: Rights and wrongs are determined by objective facts or circumstances, that is, by the situations in which moral agents have to decide for the most

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