Is something wrong about what we say is right?

May 13, 2017 by

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The spokesman for a religious research group says America is experiencing a generational shift over morals and morality.

According to a survey of 1,000 Americans by Lifeway Research, more than 60 percent of those 45 and older say that there’s a firm right and wrong that doesn’t change over time. But for those 35 and younger, less than 40 percent agree with that claim.

Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, says the results make it clear that Americans’ views of morality are split along generational lines.

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“I don’t believe we’ve reckoned with what that means,” McConnell concludes.

“Because we are shifting very fast,” he adds, “from a place where right and wrong doesn’t change to a day and age in which right and wrong are relative, and they’re changing quickly almost like technology is changing.”

The rejection of objective morality in favor of a subjective form is often traced to the idea of “postmodernism,” the questioning of historic Western beliefs in religion, politics, art and culture.

The idea isn’t so new, however. “What is truth?” Pilate famously asked Jesus.

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Lifeway’s survey comes at the same time Gallup reported more Americans are become more accepting of liberal views.

After asking respondents what is “morally accepting” on 19 issues, Gallup reported:

The percentages of U.S. adults who believe birth control, divorce, sex between unmarried people, gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, doctor-assisted suicide, pornography and polygamy are morally acceptable practices have tied record highs or set new ones this year. At the same time, record lows say the death penalty and medical testing on animals are morally acceptable.

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Among the findings of the Gallup survey is that 51 percent of Americans approve of medical testing on animals while 57 percent approve of doctor-assisted suicide.

McConnell says their research also shows that people are looking to many different places to help shape what is morally right or wrong.

“And that includes parents. It includes religion,” McConnell says, adding friends, teachers, and the media to that list.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated with correct figures from the Gallup poll on doctor-assisted suicide and animal testing.

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