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Is moral truth absolute, relative, or both?


bullet"Compared to two years ago, just half as many Americans believe that absolute moral truth exists, dropping from 38% in January 2000 to only 22% in November 2001." George Barna of Barna Research. 1
bullet"Only a minority of born-again adults (44%) and a tiny proportion of born-again teenagers (9%) are certain that absolute moral truth exists." William Lobdell, LA times. 2
bullet"...Jesus answered...I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. Pilate said to Him, 'What is truth?'..." (NKJ translation of the Christian Scriptures/New Testament, John 18:37-38)
bullet"When it comes to fundamentally wrong behavior, there is no tolerance. Wrong is wrong!" Pastor Clarence Patterson. 3
bullet "No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong." Abraham Lincoln
bullet "Truth, not tolerance." Text of a Christian bumper sticker by Harbor House Gifts of Fullerton CA. The bumper sticker shows a clenched fist on the left side and a Christian cross on the right.
bulletSearcher: "How can I know if what you tell me is true?" The Ancient One responded: "Friend, unless it exists, you cannot know the Truth. For if there is no objective Truth, then why be deluded? Better try instead to enjoy the brief time left to your pointless existence! But what if a deeper reality actually exists? To be real, the Truth must stand alone; everything contradicting it must be counterfeit!"  Anon.

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bulletConclusions (for those who don't want to read the full section)

bulletExamples of "truth"
bulletPublic belief about absolute truth
bulletHow religions establish and change their beliefs.

bulletOther topics:
bulletCan absolute moral truths exist?
bulletAre laws dependent on absolute truths?
bullet Four essays donated by visitors to this website:
bulletAnon: An essay in support of absolute, knowable truth


Susan Humphreys:


Kathy Johnsen LaPan, "Postmodern Relativism vs. Ultimate Truth"

References used:

  1. George Barna's quote comes from "The Year's Most Intriguing Findings, From Barna Research Studies," 2001-DEC-17, at:
  2. William Lobdell, "Pollster Prods Christian Conservatives," LA Times, 2002-SEP-14, at:
  3. Pastor Clarence Patterson, "Is it time for tolerance?," Article, Baptist Information Service, 2000-FEB-28.

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Other essays promoting the existence of absolute truth:

bulletDaniel W. Jarvis at: "" argues that absolute truth does exist. See: 
bulletGregory Koukl, "Religious Pluralism" at:

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