Copyright © by Kenneth Cauthen 2000. All
reserved. The essay that formerly was on this page was published as
part of my The Ethics of Belief: A Bio-Historical Approach, 2
vols. (Lima, OH: CSS Publishing Co., 2001). Brief highlights are
Three widely employed approaches for acquiring
truth are based on natural law, human reason, and divine revelation.
maintain that their preferred method can provide moral norms that are
valid and objectively true. I argue that they provide no path to
certain truth but only to perspectives that can be justified only by a
set of presuppositions internal to themselves. This does not
mean that they do not offer us universal truth that is objectively
but only that their methods provide no guarantee of having done so.
The conclusion of the matter is that there is no
of acquiring moral truth that is the way. There are only
ways that various communities employ. This is the fact, stubborn,
persistent, and ineradicable, that we must come to terms with in
terms. By trying to stand where others stand, we may see some of what
see, and if others make an effort to look at things from our vantage
they may discover what we are convinced of. Altogether we may grow in
appreciation and find widening circles of agreement while we continue
do what we must and believing what we cannot deny.
I invite comments, evaluations, refutations, and
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This is one in a series of essays on theology
ethics. A complete list can be found at:
Presently, the following essays are available:
About the Author
A List of my Books
What I Believe
Interpreting the Bible Today
The Authority of the Bible
Using the Bible with Integrity
Natural Law and Moral Relativism
What is Truth -- and Does it Matter?
A Doctrine of God
Hints Toward a Doctrine of God
Trinity: God, Christ, Spirit
God as Masculine and Feminine
Theodicy: the Problem of Evil
Theodicy: A Heterodox Alternative
The Many Faces of Evil
Christ and Christians
A Critique of Niebuhr's Christ and Culture
The Incompatibility of Christianity and
Process Christian Ethics
The Ethics of Belief
Relativism, Morality, Belief
Physician Assisted Suicide
Theology and Ecology
Religion and Politics
Science and Theology
Church and State
A Short Biographical Sketch
For fun I have rewritten some Mother Goose Rhymes
an electronic age.
Mother Goose Goes
Having a Web site is becoming a family enterprise.
to have a Page was my son.
The latest entry is that of my son-in-law and
Brown and Nancy Cauthen
These sites are very different, but both are
imaginative productions. They would welcome a visit.
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