The Moral Quest

Here’s a section from Grenz’s The Moral Quest that I really enjoyed. It comes at the end of a chapter exploring the question of morality from a strictly rational basis. Sorry that I can’t give better context than that, but doing so would require time which would defeat the purpose of rapidly posting a quote. Anyway here it is:

At first glance, our survey appears to yield a solid foundation for the moral quest. The ethical life means living in accordance with universal human reason. Upon closer inspection, however, we discover that the path we have been pursuing is actually a dead end. We have been walking around in a cul-de-sac. Universal human reason can only lead back to our starting point–the reasonable self.

Perhaps the inevitable circularity of philosophical ethics is redemptive, however. Precisely by leaving us within the human realm through its appeal either to society or to the self, and hence to reason itself, general ethics can point us beyond itself and beyond the merely human. Casting about in this dead-end pursuit raises the question as to whether there might be a transcendent vantage point that can speak to the human ethical quest.


Strange but true: A couple days ago Bel, my pointer, caught and killed a grouse. Don’t ask me how, but it happened. Possibly due to my poor shooting accuracy, she might have decided to take matters into her own hands…er, mouth.

By the way, Bel is for sale to anybody interested in a quality bird dog. All she needs yet is some steadiness training (obviously) and she’ll be a fully developed hunting companion. Other characteristics: champion bloodlines, great bird sense, lots of experience, fast and driven yet responsive, very stylish. If you’re at all interested leave a comment or e-mail me. 

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