Relativism: Nothing New and the “height of impiety and injustice”

Relativism may perhaps be thought of as a new and refreshing way to look at reality (if it is believed to exist). Specifically when it comes to morality, relativism offers a form of perceived freedom, for one is enabled and entitled to create one’s own morality.

However, as King Solomon said, “…there is nothing new under the sun” and so it is with relativism and its derivations as they spill over into different facets of life.

I bring this up because of the following statement made by Justin Martyr in his First Apology (circa 155 A.D.),

In the beginning he [God] made the race of men endowed with intelligence, able to choose the truth adn do right, so that all men are without excuse before God, for they were made with the powers of reason and observation. Anyone who does not believe that God cares for these things either manages to profess that he does not exist, or makes out that he exists but approves of evil or remains [unaffected] like a stone, and that virtue and vice are not realities, but that men consider things good or bad by opinion alone; this is the height of impiety and injustice.


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