What is Morality?

Posted: December 19, 2014 in Atheism, Christianity, Philosophy, Religion



What is morality? This is a question I have been pondering lately. Not in the sense that I am confused as to what morality is, but in the sense that it seems the word is used differently depending on ones circle. As a philosophy major, I use a philosophical definition of morality. This definition tends to be quite open. But non-philosophers use a far stricter definition. Or rather, far stricter definitions, since there are more than one. The definition used by Conservative Christians, a definition that I have come across many times here, is by far the strictest. It is also the most troubling to me, because it puts a belief in a deity above actions.
So what is morality? The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry defines morality as “Morality is the distinction between right and wrong. It is the determination of what should be done and what should not…

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  1. I think the religion definition should link with the philosophical one. In fact, God’s silence in our world proves that morality is not something that should be done by force, but by our own free and will and thinking. God wants us to think, not merely obey.
    Action must come with belief, if there’s belief, then there’s justufication for the action.
    We shouldnt just have belief and just have action.
    Humans are not geniuses, they NEED black and white definitins abd they NEED a strong motivation for them to believe. If humans are left with the simple motivation ‘be good so you can be good’ then what is good? It will just lead to a never ending cycle of questions and unclarity. It will simply lead to chaos and prevent social agreement/consensus.


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