The rather long (and rapidly becoming repetitive) discussion in the Disco Inferno post has gotten me thinking about ethical theories. The primary problem that humans have from a Christian perspective isn’t that they can’t figure out ways for themselves to behave ethically, it’s that even when they do they invariably fail to act according to the ethical standards they have arrived at by whatever means they utilize.
This is why human reason fails in this regard – it can’t overcome our sinful human nature. We know this because every person invariably acts contrary to the ethical standards they claim are the proper ones. This is why the Christian gospel is the essential foundation of all truly moral human action.