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Is there a link between Morality and Religion?

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Is there a link between Morality and Religion? "Religion and morality go together like boiled beef and carrots. You often find them together but it is perfectly possible to have one without the other" Willett For centuries there has been this constant on going debate on whether there is or is not a link between morality and religion. Plato was one of the first to face the question laying the grounds for the Euthyphro dilemma. A discussion between himself and Socrates was based on a young man, Euthyphro. He had planned to prosecute his father after he had tied up drunken peasant involved in a fight. His father had intended to report him to the authorities however he forgot about the peasant, who of course eventually died. Euthyphro dismayed by the events, then set out to prosecute his father. The discussion leads then on whether that, "what human beings are morally oblige to do rest on what the gods command, or whether the gods only command what is good independent of their commanding it" It follows this idea of is x right because God wills it (This statement I will use for there being link between the two), or God wills x because it is right (This statement I will use for their not being a link between the two). ...read more.

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display a link so I believe morality is separate from God, and perhaps the statement 'God wills x because it is right'. God is no longer the creators of morality but the omniscient mentor, and he knows what is best for us, meaning people are able to uptake this idea of morality without the essentialness of religion and god. But yet again certain issues are aroused disagreeing this idea Some people rely on this notion of God for making moral decision. They required religious sources in order for their quest for the right behaviour. People find it useful to make a connection in their mind that there is a link between the two, however subsequently there is no logical connection. God affectively needs no part in the bases of our moral, for basic moral principles might have be created through the logical truth ' x=x ', we know its true through logic not because "God decided to make it true" Gensler Nonetheless our morals still could come from God, but there is this debate related to moral autonomy, "principles are justified on the basis of reason or experience alone, without reference to religious concepts" Thompson We do not need religion; perhaps the normative is drawn through logic, empiricalism, and rationalism. Nonetheless certain religious group have done a complete opposite thing we are then dealing with this idea that could be moral heteronomy/theonomy- moral are influenced by society which in turn is influenced on religion. ...read more.

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Morality links closely with our conscious (which some believe is the world of God), when we fail to fulfil our deontological commitment we bring upon ourselves a heavy sense of guilt. To relieve ourselves from this guilt we confess- a direct link for Catholics to make. However an issue raise with this link- do we confess to remove the guilt and been seen as morally correct in gods eyes, of do we out of fear. It could be through years of human conditioning by religion that we have made a link between morality and religion by referring a moral act under religion and God because of the fear of punishment? It is possible that we make our moral decisions not because they are morally correct, but because we "Simply act out of fear of punishment" Thompson I found myself agreeing strongly with Darwin, Hume and Rousseau. I believe those idea combined help us to establish morality totally independent from God, for they have no origin from him. But I also believe that God and religion plays a part in conditioning of moral, they are there to guide and mentor us, but not always necessary and essential to have when making a moral decision. Sources Author Book Title Billington Living Philosophy Davis Morality and Religion Gensler Ethics, a Contemporary Introduction Quinn & Taliaferro A Companion to Philosophy and Religion Russell Introduction to Philosophy of Western Society Singer A Companion To Ethics Singer Ethics Thompson Philosophy of Religion Aquinas and Natural Law ...read more.

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