For many of us, the transcendent, objective nature of moral truth seems rather self-evident. To “super-size” the point, all of us would agree it’s never morally acceptable to torture babies for the fun of it. For that matter, it’s never morally acceptable to torture anyone for the fun of it. This is a transcendent, objective moral truth claim; it applies to all of us, regardless of who we are, where we are on the planet, or when we’ve lived in history.
There are many similar transcendent, objective moral truths,
even though groups often try to justify their seemingly immoral
behaviors. In California, for example, there are several legal
justifications for homicide. Police officers can use whatever force
necessary—including deadly force—to overcome lethal resistance or to
apprehend certain kinds of felons. Citizens can use whatever force is
necessary—including deadly force—to stop a life-threatening attack or to
protect the life of an innocent person. These are considered justified homicides (as opposed to unjustified homicides known as “murders”).