Introduction to Religious Ethics

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    • Ethical theories arise out of their time and culture, so may well be influenced by religion.
    • Concerned with all forms of God's creations, both the natural world and humanity, and formulates rules for their inter-relationship.
    • Heteronomy: Morality is shaped by religious beliefs alone. It's ideas are shaped from religious teachings.
    • The Euthuyro Dilemma: "Is something right because the Gods command it, or do the Gods command it because it is right?"
    • The divine command theory: something is good simply because God commands it and for no other reason
    • The Humanists: Reject religion and believe that morality can exist dependent of religion.
      • A.J Ayer: "No moral system can rest solely on authority."


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