We are told over and over again that morality is a matter of personal choice because there is no objective foundation to morality. Some say that morality and law is rooted in nothing more than preference, and calculation as to how to obtain that preference. Others say that morality and law comes from biological instinct over which we have no control. They deny that morality is objective, impersonal, reasonable, and natural. Yet Saint Paul wrote in Romans 2 that there is a law written on the human heart, and even the pagans can be held responsible for their wickedness.
C.S. Lewis argues, in the second chapter of The Abolition of Man, that human beings require an objective, learned morality by which to conduct their lives and be fully human. What is that moral code, how do we learn it, and why do we need it to be fully human men and women?
St. Andrew’s College visiting professor Dr. Roberta Bayer is an Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at Patrick Henry College in Virginia.
Dr. Bayer teaches courses in the history of Western political thought, ancient and modern.
Dr. Bayer’s current areas of research include the Scottish Enlightenment and the American Founding, scholastic political thought, and modern Christian political thought, with special interest in the history of Anglican theology and the Book of Common Prayer.