I've noticed that people tend to prefer moral relativism to moral absolutism because of the idea of moral progress. Moral progress is the notion that the world is on a trajectory towards a better and better understanding of what the right thing to do is.

Morality as being socially constructed seems to harmonize better with moral progress than a fixed, unchanging morality. However, while I believe in moral absolutes myself, I also believe in some version of the moral progress idea, although with serious qualifications. (i.e. I believe that moral progress can over time result from our efforts to faithfully live out God's Word).

I would like to know of any resources where people have reconciled the idea of moral absolutes with the idea of moral progress, from a Christian perspective.

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    Maybe you could state explicitly what you mean by "moral progress". – Matt Gutting Mar 3 at 4:08
  • . . . and when you say 'moral absolutes' do you mean 'righteousness' or do you mean something else ? – Nigel J Mar 3 at 10:56
  • The term "Moral Progress" sounds dangerous – Marc Mar 3 at 12:41
  • The idea of society moral progress OP is talking about is probably similar to the enlightenment 19th century thinkers and politicians idea of moral progress. But while their assumptions about inevitable progress were discredited after the 2 world wars and the holocaust, I believe we can still talk about a way to measure the health of people's morals in today's society. OP needs to be more explicit on what to talk about: theory of how sociological / political process can improve society's moral health, the way to measure, the standard to judge a typical member of society's moral health, etc. – Paul S. Lee Mar 21 at 18:53

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