Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air

Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air

by Francis J. Beckwith, Gregory Koukl

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Relativism offers a critique of moral relativism and suggests ways Christians can defend their moral beliefs. The authors survey the rising tide of relativism in recent decades, explore its inherent inconsistencies, suggest specific approaches that can be used in the course of dialogue, and consider its everyday implications. (48)

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ISBN-13: 9781585582099
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 190
File size: 962 KB

About the Author

Francis J. Beckwith is associate director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, and associate professor of Church-State Studies, Baylor University, where he is also associate editor of the Journal of Church & State. He currently serves as a member of Princeton's James Madison Program Council on Moral and Political Thought. He has written several books including the award-winning Politically Correct Death. His articles have been published in numerous journals across a diversity of disciplines. Find out more at
Francis J. Beckwith (PhD, Fordham University; MJS, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis) is professor of philosophy and church-state studies and fellow and faculty associate in the Institute for the Studies of Religion at Baylor University. In 2008-9, he served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as the Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case against Abortion Choice and To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Are You to Judge?
Part 1: Understanding Relativism
1 The Death of Truth
2 What Is Moral Relativism?
3 Three Kinds of Relativism
Part 2: Critiquing Relativism
4 Culture as Morality
5 Culture Defining Morality
6 Moral Common Sense
7 Relativism's Seven Fatal Flaws
Part 3: Relativism and Education
8 Values Clarification
9 Relativism's Offspring--Political Correctness and Multiculturalism
10 On the Road to Barbarism
Part 4: Relativism and Public Policy
11 Relativism and the Law
12 Relativism and the Meaning of Marriage
13 Relativism and the Meaning of Life
Part 5: Responding to Relativism
14 Tactics to Refute Relativism
15 Monkey Morality
16 Why Morality?

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Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had found this book when I least expected to find it. I'm glad I picked it up when I did! A very informative read in regards to moral relativism and how shoddy the reasoning is behind it. I definitely recommend this book!
richardsugg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you don't read another book, you must read this one. Not only do the authors deal with the self-contradicting nature of a relativistic worldview, but they then show relativism and Christianity stack up with regard to practical issues such as education, marriage, law, etc. Lastly, they offer methods for refuting relativism.
billmeister16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good starting place for arm-chair defenders of the faith in the face of everyday effects of postmodernism with an emphasis on relativism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago