Lewis’ main objections to moral relativism.
C.S. Lewis brings to light several points about relativism that demonstrate its lack of footing. Moral relativism cannot be its own judge of right or wrong. Further, what themselves would call our instincts, cannot provide evidence for guiding us to determine that any side of any issue is right or wrong. The deciding factor must be a set of principles that are entrenched deep within our ability to reason, with built in burdening mechanisms that help us to decide right from wrong, aside from what our true desires may be. These morals just cannot manifest ...view middle of the document...
Moral laws do not have properties as other laws do in life. As Lewis puts it: “…when you are dealing with humans, something else comes in above and beyond the actual facts. You have the facts (how men do behave) and you also have something else (how they ought to behave)”. (2007, p. 25) It is that knowledge of how we should behave that separates a Moral law from any other law, and the fact that the very idea of it is inescapable to us.
Morals cannot vary from each individual and be found to be good. There must be evidential meaning in the foundations of the belief. In other words, it cannot be considered good to commit an act of evil. Sets of moral beliefs that are common to man are built upon a truth that is put inside of us by an entity having the intellect and power to do so and that being is God. Should we not have been given this ability to judge for ourselves in each situation the best moral outcome, we would not be blessed with free will. These morals were written on our hearts as convictions so that we may also know what it is to sin and to drive us towards repentance. They also provide for evidence that we were created in His image not as much in a physical sense, but in the sense of having a rational mind with the ability to reason between good and evil so that we can ultimately know God.
Lewis, C. (2007). The complete C.S. Lewis Signature classics (p. 25). New York, NY: HarperOne.