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Outline the principles of situation ethics. For centuries people have based their moral rules on religious grounds, for example the Decalogue or Ten Commandments. However, at the end of the last century an alternate base to people's morals was offered, called Situation Ethics. Situation Ethics was an idea developed by a man called Joseph Fletcher, an Anglican Theologian. Situation Ethic's is considered to be a compromise between Anarchy and Totalitarianism. Fletcher rejected the idea that people should follow a set of rules. So, Fletcher developed three ways of making a moral decision. These are the antinomian way, the legalistic way and the situational way. The antinomian way is a way of making a moral decision without regarding law or principles. ...read more.


A legalist would live their life by following a set of certain rules. For example a Jew would use the Torah to make a moral decision. Or a non religious person would make a moral decision by following the laws of the land. For example, John's best friend girlfriend's auntie cousin twice removed is dying a slow and painful death and he wants to die and asks John to commit Euthanasia. John would use the law of the land to make his decision, that would of course be no. Fletcher suggested a third way to make moral decision that was called the situational way, which is a compromise between the two. ...read more.


thus, love always decide the actions that are good or bad. Secondly, the ruling principle of Christian love is agape. Which is what Jesus taught, the unconditional love of other humans. This love does not require anything in return and thus give people the freedom and responsibility to chose right. Thirdly, love and justice are the same. "Love and justice are the same thing, for justice is love distributed." Fourthly, love is practical not selective. Christian love is said to be unconditional so we should give love equally. Fifth, love is the end result. Love can justify any situation situation ethics; only the ends justify the means. Last, love's decisions are made in the circumstances of each situation and not prescriptivly. In conclusion, situation ethics follows one approach, which is to do "the most loving thing". ...read more.

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