Cultures can be judged in many ways, but eventually every nation in every age must be judged by this test: how did it treat people? Each generation, each wave of humanity, evaluates its predecessors on this basis. The final measure of mankind’s humanity is how humanely people treat one another.
— Francis Schaeffer, quoted in Great Divides by Ronald Nash, p. 19
You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion.
— Garrison Keiller, quoted in Handoff: The Only Way to Win the Race of Life by Jeff Myers, chapter 16
Americans have reached “the modernist impasse”: They were told they had the right to be free from the restrictions of morality and religion, yet as unrestricted choices have led to social breakdown, they have begun to long for the protection that morality once provided. After all, we didn’t have epidemics of crime, broken families, abortion, or sexually transmitted diseases when Americans largely accepted biblical morality. Many are beginning to understand that morality is not merely an arbitrary constraint on individual choice but a protection against social disintegration.
— Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, from How Now Shall We Live?, p. 310
The espousal of moral relativism has made it difficult for many people in our culture to distinguish between preference claims and moral claims.
— Francis Beckwith, from Passionate Conviction, Paul Copan and William Lane Craig, editors, p. 213