How are ethics transcendental?

I was going over some writing from when I was taking a course in Ethics while attending Bible College, and I thought the information would be good discussion material.  I do not recall the source material. If anyone recognizes any of this, please let me know, so I can attribute it appropriately. defines transcendental as,


1. transcendent, surpassing, or superior.
2. being beyond ordinary or common experience, thought, or belief; supernatural.
3. abstract or metaphysical.
4. idealistic, lofty, or extravagant.
5. Philosophy.

a. beyond the contingent and accidental in human experience, but not beyond all human knowledge.Compare transcendent (def. 4b).
b. pertaining to certain theories, etc., explaining what is objective as the contribution of the mind.
c. Kantianism. of, pertaining to, based upon, or concerned with a priori elements in experience, which condition human knowledge. Compare transcendent (def. 4b).

6. Mathematics. transcendental number.
7. transcendentals, Scholasticism. categories that have universal application, as being, one, true, good.

Humans are fallible.  If a human being decreed ethics for mankind, there would be no guarantee they would be error-free and universal.  Any set of ethics that are determined by society would not be universal, but only valid for that society and/or culture.  Just because a set of ethics may hold some self-evident and commonly held beliefs does not mean they are the whole and complete truth concerning right and wrong or desirable or undesirable.  Neither custom, tradition, nor consensus offer any guarantee of universality, nor of having the power of “natural law.” Even the concept of natural law entails observation.  To be able to interpret observations, one must rise above preconceptions and presuppositions. Indeed, ANY set of ethics that were derived from within the human condition have to be screened for error and whether they had validity or application to the entire race.  For a set of ethics to be absolute, without error and valid and applicable to all, they would have to be imposed upon mankind by someone who was not caught up in the problems of mankind – someone who was separate from mankind. This being would have to be without error and incapable of making an error.  The ethics imposed by such a being would then be capable of being without error and universally applicable to the human race.  Ethics have transcend the human condition, be supernaturally imposed upon man to be able to truly determine and measure ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.  Only those Ethics which are decreed supernaturally to man by someone who is outside the human condition are not subject to the fallibility, impreciseness, preconceptions, and fickleness so common to mankind.


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