The Post-Modern Challenge to Religious Sources of Moral Thinking

  • David C. Thomasma
Part of the Theology and Medicine book series (THAM, volume 8)


A rupture in the orderly development of moral thought has occurred largely in this century that makes a qualitative difference in the way we deal with moral analysis. This rupture, which is often called the post-modern or post-industrial reaction to the fundamental ideas of the Enlightenment, creates difficulties for reaching any kind of moral consensus, be it secular or religious. Post-modernism is not just a recognition of pluralism, or even a kind of ecumenical openness to a wide range of ideas; it is rather a direct assault on the very possibility of reaching a consensus on ethical issues. The sources of the assault on this possibility are many and complex. Recounting some of them forms the first part of this essay.


Moral Teaching Moral Enquiry Moral Thinking Teaching Authority Historical Consciousness 
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