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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility$
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Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.001.0001

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Tradition, Religion, and Rejection of Moral Relativism

Tradition, Religion, and Rejection of Moral Relativism

(p.110) 8 Tradition, Religion, and Rejection of Moral Relativism
Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility

Mark D. Brewer

Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Oxford University Press

Conservatives strongly believe that individuals function best when a clear moral code prevails. That code is derived from tradition and religious beliefs and norms. Without these norms moral relativism prevails, and individuals behave in self-destructive ways that do significant damage both to themselves and to society as whole. They argue that following such behaviors, the rest of society then must step in and provide a safety net, funding by taxing achievers.

Keywords:   traditional values, social conservatives, moral codes, religion, moral relativism

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