• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Does Morality Depend on Religion?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Practical Questions section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Practical Questions essays

  1. Anaylse of the critiques of Religion and Morality.

    'the whole contention that Christianity has had an elevating moral influence can only be maintained by wholesales ignoring or falsification of the historical evidence.' Certainly, the concept of the conscience or 'voice of God' guiding our actions has also been put under some quite strong physiological scrutiny.

  2. The arguments for and against the view that morality is dependant on religion, and ...

    More often than not, there are people who do not follow religion, do not wish to in anyway, or will probably say that they have in no way been affected by religion, due to the family they grew up in.

  1. (a) Examine the reasons why some argue that morality is linked ...

    naturally to the Golden Rule ('Do onto others as you would have them do onto you') and this lies at the foundation of morality'. Unlike Christianity, humanism has no absolute 10 commandments - but rather principles. The Ulster Humanist Association `Principles and policies' pamphlet lists the following Code of Ethics for humanists to follow : 1.

  2. Religion and Morality

    There are theories in concurrence with Autonomy which allow still for a good, firm morality without dependency on religion such as Utilitarianism (greatest good for greatest number)

  1. "Humanitarian intervention, which is ruled out by realism and the morality of states, can ...

    Yet international law dictates that a state cannot pursue actions which may benefit its citizens if these actions infringe upon the sovereignty of another state. There is, of course, the argument that over the ownership of natural resources. Why should natural resources remain exclusively for the benefit of the owner state?

  2. 1. A) Morality is derived from religion and its teachings

    This is known as a theonomist view. The majority of major world religions hold a belief in God (except Buddhists for example), and these religions believe that God and morality can be known through religious teachings. Hence, theonomy agrees with statement A. Theonomy gives valid grounds for believing that our morals are derived directly from God, because

  1. Is there a link between Morality and Religion?

    Religious people have brought about evil in their beliefs, Bertrand Russell states how religion "Prevents out children from having a rational education, religion prevents us from removing the fundamental cause of war." Russell If morality comes from God then why is it that goes against his own beliefs and morality he gave us.

  2. Capital Punishment - analyse the views of Ernest van den Haag and Hugo Adam ...

    Bedau presents us with an alternative. He argues that because it is impossible to know what or how many crimes a murderer will be deterred from committing with a death penalty threat, it is just as likely the same crimes be deterred by a lesser punishment such as long-term imprisonment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work