Two Different Worlds: Christian Absolutes and the Relativism of Social Science
Challenging the assumption that the biblical text is absolutist, this study renders the wall of division between Christian absolutism and cultural relativism indefensible. Its encouraging argument draws upon sociology, anthropology, and analysis of the biblical text.
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The Challenge of Science
The Gauntlet Taken Up
The Case for Cultural Relativity
Relativity in Context
The Absolutist Case against Cultural Relativity
New Testament Documents
An Interpretation of the Review
Can a Believer Accept Cultural Relativity?
The Contributions of Cultural Relativism for Christian Belief
Can a Social Scientist Believe in Christianity?
The Contributions of Christianity to Social Science
Relativity and Biblical Religion
Old Testament Documents
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