Whose values?

Robert Canning of the Scottish Secular Society (Letters, 23 June) speaks of universal virtues as if they were self-evident but what are these virtues?

But what does he mean by these? Where do they come from? What is their foundation? Who decides?

Would he accept, for example, that it is a universal virtue that the child in the womb should be protected, or that marriage is between a man and a woman?

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The trouble is that the Scottish Secular Society assume that their virtues/values are the default obvious position for all reasonable human beings, and that those who do not share their opinions are somehow not worthy to participate in the modern world.

They have no rational or logical basis for their values other than current fashion and their own sense of cultural ideological superiority.

On the other hand, the Christian tradition provides a sound, reasonable, historically proven basis for “universal values”.

Given the choice between the stability of Christian virtues or the confusion and changeability according to who is in power of secular ones, I wonder what most Scottish parents would choose. The trouble is that the SSS are determined not to let us have that choice and instead, such is their belief in the values of their own virtues, they insist that all children must be educated according to them.

David A Robertson


The Free Church of