Morality and Religion

Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195331356
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Morality and Religion

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One of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world is to find a moral discourse that can reach all the inhabitants of the earth, but one that preferably causes no violence to the conceptual frameworks of particular religions. If the concepts that are central to moral practice in the world's great religions cannot be thinned into a common set of concepts, the task is impossible. Or it may be impossible for some other reason, perhaps because it is impossible to get a common content to morality that is sufficient for the requirements for life in a pluralistic world. But it is a goal that should not be given up until its impossibility has been demonstrated. A given religion may find that some of its moral teachings are not feasible for interaction with the practitioners of other religions and it may have to revise or abandon them for interaction to be possible, but that is an issue that needs to be addressed within the framework of that religion.

Keywords: morality and religion; moral discourse; moral practice; moral teachings; religious practitioners; great religions

Article.  10726 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Religion ; Moral Philosophy

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