What is your view on moral absolutes?
I ask this because I have heard different things from different quarters. For example, former Pagan Carl McColeman has said, “while some Pagans might choose to believe in the existence of metaphysical principles like good and evil, others argue that such principles are useless or could even be harmful, for example if used to attack or malign others unfairly.” In a similar vein, Pagan blogger Gus diZerega wrote recently of “the Christian dichotomization of reality into good and evil” in a way which more or less implies that such dichotomies don’t sit easily with Pagan traditions.
I ask this because I have a more personal question:
In your view, were the burning times absolutely evil or just relatively evil?
I ask this because without hesitation I would say “Yes, the burning times were absolutely evil!” Don’t ever hear me saying otherwise. Yet if I take statements like those above at face value, I can’t see how you could agree with me without falling into logical and moral inconsistency. Yet, this doesn’t seem right either, as I know how strongly many of you feel about this issue, how many of you feel persecuted even today and earnestly wish for Christians to (dare I say it) repent from it. Hence my confusion.
So I ernestly wish to know, for those that this applies to: how do you reconcile your intellectual aversion to moral absolutes with your emotional response to religious persecution?