Moral relativism is the underlying source of the cultural problems in the Western World today. People have wrong ideas, feminism being the most serious wrong idea common in the rich world today, but there is a problem that goes even deeper than feminism; that problem being moral relativism.
Moral relativism is a disorder in perceiving the foundational nature of life, feminism is then an application of the moral relativist error. First comes moral relativism, then moral relativism produces feminism as an output or by product. Since moral relativism is wrong what moral relativism leads to; feminism; is also wrong.
If you look at what is damaging society and making relations between men and women not work feminism is the obvious culprit. Feminism teaches many harmful things such as that only the masculine sphere matters, that women being selfishly oriented leads to the good of society overall, that it is the woman’s right to succeed in the male sphere just as much as men do, that men being more powerful than women automatically indicates that men are abusing women, that gender equality in the sense of women being equal to men in the male sphere is desirable. These teachings of feminism are clearly harmful to the family and to society overall in a number of ways.
It should be understood however that feminism needs an underlying foundation of moral relativism to already exist in the society before these kinds of claims made by feminism will be persuasive to anybody. Without moral relativism nobody is going to be fooled by feminists’ nonsensical and irrational claims. With moral relativism however the claims of feminism can seem to make perfectly good sense.
There are many atheist feminists who claim that atheism leads to feminism; that belief in feminism is a natural outcome of disbelief in God first, that if one doesn’t believe in God they will then naturally tend towards becoming a feminist. In a way this claim is correct because atheism leads to moral relativism and then moral relativism leads to feminism. The removal of God from ones understanding of the world is a fundamental error in understanding the basic nature of life; this foundational error in understanding how the world is put together then leading directly to moral relativism. In effect moral relativism is what happens when God is removed from one’s world view. Without God everything descends into chaos and arbitrariness as God is what provides the order and unity of life.
Once moral relativism is in place then feminism “makes sense” or is at least plausible. The foundational idea of moral relativism is the idea that human will determines what the nature of society and social relations is like; that in effect man collectively through government and culture can arbitrarily choose for itself any kind of relationship patterns and social rules it likes or thinks would be good. Under such a hypothetical feminism or gender equality sounds like it would be good and desirable. After all, isn’t gender equality fair? Doesn’t it make sense that if men and women were equally powerful there would be a minimal amount of abuse between the sexes while if men were greatly more powerful than women then men would likely be abusing women all the time because they could get away with it? Isn’t it a universal among human beings that everybody wants high social prestige and the opportunity to be famous and to make a lot of money? Why should only men have the opportunity to make lots of money, become successful politicians, run large corporations, or discover the cure for cancer? Don’t women have just as much right as men to try to contribute to society and seek happiness in these ways?
If moral relativism is the starting point of ones understanding of the world one will be blind to the trouble feminism will inevitably cause and even more so one is likely to predict all kinds of bad and unfair outcomes if the gender equality vision of feminism is denied or thwarted.
So atheism leads to moral relativism which then leads to feminism. In other words atheism is the initial fundamental error in the perception of reality which then leads to the disordered belief in moral relativism which then leads to the false conclusion that feminism is a good idea.
Moral relativism also leads to libertarianism (social libertarianism). Libertarianism and feminism are closely linked to each other; one might say feminism is a subset or version of libertarianism.
There is an atheism / libertarian / feminist nexus with moral relativism the common theme throughout. Atheism leads to moral relativism which then leads to libertarianism in general and the specific form of libertarianism called feminism in particular. MRAs or Men’s Rights Activists are a branch of libertarianism just like feminism is. MRAs are moral relativists and atheistic just like feminists are.
In this essay I am using the terms “atheistic” and “atheism” in a particular way not meant to be equivalent to “being an atheist.” The term “atheistic” is meant to convey “like an atheist” or “typical of an atheist.” The term “atheism” is meant to convey “the typical atheist way of thinking” or “how atheists usually think.”
The rise of feminism and social breakdown in general can be understood as being rooted in the collapse of religion or the declining ability of religion to perform the social function religion has traditionally performed. Family breakdown can be seen as a failure of the church, the result of the weakening of Christianity (in the Western World where Christianity has been the dominant religion). First comes loss of faith in God and adherence to religion based tradition, then comes moral relativism, then comes people “doing whatever they want” (libertarianism), which finally leads to the collapse of the family and of an ordered functional society overall. In other words when the people reject God society inevitably collapses.
Moral relativism itself is the starting point of the decline in people’s ability to work cooperatively with each other in service of the greater good. Obedience to God and moral relativism are polar opposites of each other. God is fixed, external, and superior to. Man individually and collectively is undeniably and unalterably inferior to God. God commands and man obeys. It’s as simple as that. In moral relativism God is out of the picture and the only actor remaining is man. Morality then is whatever society says it is, morality is whatever the individual perceives it to be, morality is simply what makes one feel good, morality is whatever seems fair. Morality is “relative to” these various different factors and interpretations; hence the term “moral relativism.”
In moral relativism morality is a creature of man or an expression of man. Man is in charge and he (individually and collectively) creates morality and defines morality. Man then in the form of cultural attitudes and laws creates for himself the ideal society for himself and his fellows to live in. This is the theory at least.
The alternative to moral relativism is morality derived from God. Here morality is handed down from On High where God is the master and mere men are His subjects and morality is simply obedience to the command of God; mere men having no say in the matter.
So from where does morality come from? Is morality created by man or is morality imposed by God? Morality is imposed by God. From the atheist point of view here; where did human beings come from? Human beings are the product of evolution. Human beings are an evolved animal whose characteristics are the outcome of millions of years of evolution. So if we say that morality is whatever leads to greatest happiness or whatever leads to harmonious relationships with our fellows and positive outcomes in our relationships with others how is morality going to be best achieved? The answer is by following our genetic program and by acting according to our inherited strengths in relation to others’ inherited strengths. Following or “obeying” our inherited characteristics in relation to others’ inherited characteristics is equivalent to obeying God as a God equivalent (evolution) is the source of the inherited characteristics in ourselves and others that forms the foundation of the kind of life we are supposed to lead in order to produce good outcomes for ourselves and our community overall.
Morality is imposed by God, it is not created by man. This then means that moral relativism is false and that therefore that which is derived from moral relativism (libertarianism and feminism) is also false. Now it makes sense why feminism has caused such a disaster in relations between men and women; because feminism is based on the false premise of moral relativism and because feminism directly contradicts the inherited program and inherited characteristics of men and women.
The way to escape moral relativism and all the problems moral relativism causes is by accepting the fact that you were created not to serve yourself but to serve God; that God is your creator and your rightful master. Rejoice in this fact as there is no greater joy than to serve and to please and to surrender to God.