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Moses had sent his wife Zipporah and his two boys to live with his father-in-law Jethro, and now Jethro had taken them to catch up with Moses. When he got there, he noticed that Moses was spending all day judging the miscreants of the Israelites, and his caseload was killing him. Jethro advised that Moses delegate authority to minor judges, and Moses found this to be sound advice.

Exod.18:25-26 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

But the curious thing is how all this judgment took place before God handed down his Law to Moses. How was that possible? Don’t Christians tell us God is the sole source of morality?

Moral relativism has been co-opted by the absolutists as a sort of straw man, much like the concept of “macro-evolution”. There is no such thing as macro-evolution, you see, only micro-evolution applied over millions of years, but its fun to put scientists on the spot by tossing the word macro-evolution at them and making them defend it when they don’t even hold that position.

The same goes for “moral relativism” which absolutists critique using nothing but word salad while social Darwinism quietly takes over the mainstream discourse in the same way evolution inexorably displaced creationism. A more accurate name for equilibrium morality is moral naturalism: evolutionary game-theory applied to ethics.

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