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Holiness and Morality

Melissa Raphael

in Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269328
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269328.003.0015
Holiness and Morality

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A distinction can be made between morality and holiness, since the values and practices associated with holiness are fundamentally non-moral as they refer to reality's non-ordinary dimension. On the other hand, morality simply refers to how a given community is attributed with good conduct. However, this account of morality is found to be both relative and minimal. The dichotomy between holy and moral value becomes apparent when the basis for morality considers not only following the rules established by a civilized society's government, but also accounts for the nature and will of God. As observed by Philip Almond, Otto was not able to successfully establish the relationship between ethics and religion. In this chapter, we do not attempt to come up with a final resolution, but look into the progress and the defence of Otto's final position.

Keywords: morality; holiness; moral value; holy value; ethics; religion; dichotomy

Chapter.  12379 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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