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An Enduring Question of the Validity of Religious Authority.

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Introduction

Geoff Woulf Philosophy 100 An Enduring Question of the Validity of Religious Authority Central to the thinking of most every rational person's worldview is a belief in a higher power, that higher power's creation of man, and the eventual afterlife. Ethical assumptions, guised perhaps in religious text or without, are largely and uniformly based on some manner of religious faith. Although this effect is very profound upon the actions of men, the faith in question might actually be groundless. Logically, a great many people must be following an incorrect faith, as many choose to believe in mutually exclusive faiths. However, the great conflict from one religion to the next, besides the validity of their particular deity (ies), lies in the morality of the faith itself. ...read more.

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No singular force is as influential today, or any other time in history, as that of organized religion. Even if a majority of individuals do not consider themselves particularly devout, European and American institutions were and still are heavily shaped by the influence of the Catholic and Protestant sects of Christianity. Indeed, faith itself has been recently made into a presidential campaign spectacle. Distinction of morality separates the fundamentalists in Hamas from those Zionist fundamentalists of the Isreali Defense Force. And what is this source of morality? Scripture does not reveal, and it would seem that the ethoses of the masses are merely the products of politically sublimated messages into scripture. ...read more.

Conclusion

Indeed, the imposition of religious authority on the secular world has largely been that of a destructive force on the lives of men. The arbitrary words of old and mistranslated scripture hold more influence than elected officials, presumably hampering their ability to carry out the public good. Are we then to destroy god in our overcoming him, as Nietzche proposes? Is doing away with faith-based morality the answer to secular problems plaguing the world of men? Nearly all faiths denounce the practice of abortion and contraception, while at the same time preaching the populating of the Earth with as many offspring as can be reared, but is it possible to continue this growth, in keeping with the literal word of religious authority? The protection of the secular state depends on the destruction of widely held conceptions of morality propagated by religious authority. ...read more.

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