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Does Morality Depend on Religion?

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1. Does Morality Depend on Religion? Ever since the beginning of times people have believed that morality can only be understood by religion. It is believed that religion is the basic foundation and the code they accept to set their moral aspects of life. Any non religious views only depict the world as a realm that is in complete chaos. The idea behind an all loving God and the ultimate rule maker of the moral code describes the theory of Divine Command. The Divine Command Theory states that the question of what is morally right is a matter of being commanded by God and morally wrong is a matter of being forbidden by God. ...read more.

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When looking at homosexuality, it isn?t wrong for the disturbing views or the argument that it is against procreation, it is solely wrong because God himself said it is wrong. If a believer in the Divine Command Theory, you would understand that what God commands is ultimately right both morally and ethically. Plato makes his argument against the idea that right and wrong actions are commanded by gods. The theory of divine command morality says that good and bad are decided by the gods, not by humans. Plato illustrates his argument through a discussion between Socrates and another man named Euthyphro; Socrates tries to prove that divine command morality is not logical and cannot possibly be true. ...read more.

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If the theory of divine command morality is true, and the gods decide which things are good and which are bad, then there is no real need for morality because we are not making our own decisions or creating our own moral ideals. For this to be true, then something must be deemed good because the gods think it is good. However, if those things which are good are good on their own without influence from the gods, then divine command morality is false, because the gods are not deciding anything, it is naturally commanded that we do those things which are good and try to avoid doing those which are wrong. In polytheistic religions the statement from Socrates is logically sound and valid. ...read more.

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