A longstanding debate has been whether ethics plays a role in religion.
Bookmark There is a spectrum of views about how religion and ethics are related—from the view that religion is the absolute bedrock of ethics to one that holds that ethics is based on humanistic assumptions justified mainly, and sometimes only, by appeals to reason.
These two extremes tend to be argued in a way that offers little room for compromise or pragmatic solutions to real issues we face everyday.
The relationship between religion and ethics is about the relationship between revelation and reason.
Religion is based in some measure on the idea that God or some deity reveals insights about life and its true meaning. These insights are collected in texts the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, etc.
Anything that is not rationally verifiable cannot be considered justifiable. From this perspective, ethical principles need not derive their authority from religious doctrine. Instead, these principles are upheld for their value in promoting independent and responsible individuals—people who are capable of making decisions that maximize their own well-being while respecting the well-being of others.
Advertisement X Your guide to more connection, compassion, and kindness this month I believe we can accommodate the requirements of reason and religion by developing certain qualities that we would bring to our everyday ethical discussions.
When ethics and religion collide, nobody wins; when religion and ethics find room for robust discussion and agreement, we maximize the prospects for constructive choices in our society.
Greater Good wants to know: Do you think this article will influence your opinions or behavior?From the beginning of the Abrahamic faiths and of Greek philosophy, religion and morality have been closely intertwined.
This is true whether we go back within Greek philosophy or within Christianity and Judaism and Islam. Some people, especially religious people, say that there can be no morality without religion.
They say that without God, ethics is impossible.
In my religion, Judaism, a revealed religion, ethics or morality is the attempt to arrive at a view of the nature of human values, of . There is a spectrum of views about how religion and ethics are related—from the view that religion is the absolute bedrock of ethics to one that holds that ethics is based on humanistic assumptions justified mainly, and sometimes only, by appeals to reason.
It does not make sense to have two thirds of this article -- about Ethics in religion to be disproportionately developed as it is now. - 戴sv , Sep 9, . The study of religious ethics is also recommended given the great importance of interfaithdialogue, which pervades our political system, not to mention everyday human interaction.
* Religion: "A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence." * Ethics: "Ethics (also moral philosophy) is the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, de.