Robert Lewis Dabney was the great Southern Presbyterian theologian and professor of ethics during the late 1800s, who provides a helpful polemic against moral relativism.
We cannot say that what is good for the individual or the community is devoid of moral content. And moral content is determined by God’s decree, be it a direct command from God, or an eternal decree regarding the purpose of man, which is to glorify God and enjoy Him for eternity.
The difference between liberty and license was prominent in Stahl's view of freedom. Building explicitly on an Augustinian conception of ethics and freedom, Stahl articulates a counterintuitive view of political freedom we need to hear today.
A shared love of ideas, ideals, stories, and histories are necessary to rebuild civilization. Therefore, literature and history are necessary points of departure as we move forward in a crumbling civilization.