The Meaning of Life

Douglas V. Porpora

in Landscapes of the Soul

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834563 | DOI:
The Meaning of Life

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Very religious people, it is found, are likely to feel that they know what the meaning of life is. While others generally believe firmly that life has meaning, they deny knowing what the meaning is. There is thus a pervasive sense of moral purposelessness. Among Christians, there is also a banality of goodness, which involves the routinization of Jesus’ ethic from a charismatic, supererogatory ideal to the less demanding, banal “golden rule.” The process involves a social flattening out of supererogation.

Keywords: banality of goodness; charismatic ethic; golden rule; Jesus; Jesus’ ethic; meaning of Life; moral purposelessness; routinization; supererogatory

Chapter.  14863 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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