Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl list seven reasons why Postmodern relativism, the belief that there are no moral absolutes, is bankrupt: (a) Relativism cannot accuse others of wrong doing; (b) Relativists cannot complain about the problem of evil; (c). Relativists cannot place blame or accept praise; (d) Relativists cannot make charges of unfairness or injustice; (e) Relativists improve their morality; (f) Relativists cannot hold meaningful moral discussions; and (g) Relativists cannot promote the obligation of tolerance. (F.J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl, Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1998), pp. 61-69)


If Relativism were true, this would be a world in which nothing is wrong, nothing is considered evil or good, nothing worthy of praise or blame. It would be a world in which justice or fairness are meaningless concepts, in which there would be no accountability, no possibility of moral improvement, no moral discourse, and it would be a world in which there is no tolerance (Ibid., p. 69).


Our Postmodern culture should be able to maintain a legal climate conducive to Judaeo-Christian behavior. Yet, as Charles Colson says, “In our public schools it has become nearly impossible to teach classical Judaeo/Christian precepts of right and wrong, which has led to disastrous consequences.” (Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Then Shall We Live (Wheaton, IL: Tyndall House, 1999, p. 376). Read also II Corinthians 5.20, “Ambassadors of Christ”).


Only if, with regard to the diversity of religion, there are questions about TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD do we have a problem about the pluralism of religions and the unity of truth.


The problem is not concerned with preserving religious liberty, freedom of worship, and the tolerance in a particular society or in the world of a diversity of religious institutions, communities, practices and beliefs. It is concerned only with the question of where in that diversity the truth lies if there is any truth in religion at all.


Dr. J. D. Strauss, Lincoln Christian Seminary, Professor Emeritus, Lincoln, IL