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The Conscience
BIBLICAL VIEWS OF THE CONSCIENCE.
Different views:
God given
Innate
Voice of reason
Instilled by society
Instilled by parents
Instilled by authority figures

is it a reliable guide to moral decision making??

God Given
God gave us a conscience at conception
OR its revealed to us at some…

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PEOPLE WE ASSOCIATE WITH CONSCIENCE
Biblical Non-biblical

St Paul Freud
Aquinas Fromm
Augustine Piaget
Butler
Newman



St Paul
Conscience is the human ability to know and choose the good
Whether someone is Christian or not, they still know what is right and wrong.
Universal knowledge of Gods law
Can be…

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Our conscience must always be obeyed as it's our natural guide, assigned to us by
God. It's the final judge of right and wrong and as it's the voice of God, it cannot
be mistaken.
Gives an explanation as to why we know the right action
Appeals to religious believers…

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Piaget
Before the age of 10 children take their morality from who they're brought up by
(heteronymous morality)
After this, their own moral reasoning becomes more prominent due to an increasing
awareness of morality and society around them (autonomous morality).
This is essentially due to a child's cognitive development.
This…

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