Religion v Ethics

Reply Sat 16 Jul, 2016 12:18 am
Religion v Ethics
We are in a society that vaunts 'freedom of religion'.
Mere freedom to believe is a sure recipe for taking action at any 'extreme' and for encouraging such sects to be created and flourish.
The first danger of this is that a person may join a religious sect that happens to exist and claim a right to follow its precepts.
The second danger, not separate from the first, is that a person with no ethical philosophy, and no empathy, will join a sect in order to acquire an ethic which he only appreciates in terms of the authority of that sect.
This gives rise to the third danger that a country or state, expressing a vacuous belief in liberty, will have no real defining spirit or ethic, and will splinter into factions that may grow in a spirit of mere tolerance, and end in antagonism.
In point of fact an 'ethic' that expresses only freedom is at least anarchic, and at worst inviting of chaos.
What people choose is in fact an expression of what they are already.
A person who has empathy may yet express it in poor ethical philosophy, while a person without empathy may yet have the ability to understand a socially responsible ethic.

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Reply Sat 16 Jul, 2016 07:04 am
@RW Standing,
For the past 240 years, we have had a secular religion. We all believe that humans have inherent rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We all believe that we are governed by the Constitution (although we don't always completely agree what that means) and by the Bill or Rights (although some of us prefer the even numbered ones, and other the odd numbered ones).

From our founding and written into our Constitution and the letters of our founders is the idea that the specifics of religion doesn't matter... and we grew to understand that this principle includes atheism.

And yet there is a basic sets of beliefs that we all agree with that are religious in the sense that we believe them by faith even though they transcend observation or measurement.

That has worked for the United States for the past 240 years. I am not that worried about it.
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mark noble
Reply Sat 16 Jul, 2016 07:08 am
@RW Standing,
Ethics is philosophically undefineable.
Stop talking tripe.
Read Kant, Jung - You'll get the gist.
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