Democracy, Ethics, Religion: An Intrinsic Connection

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI:
Democracy, Ethics, Religion: An Intrinsic Connection

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This chapter discusses the intrinsic connection between democracy and a normative code of ethics, the latter supported by some religious belief system. Democracy is not a form of government that can maintain itself effectively over the long term through its political resources alone. Rather, it needs to be integrated into a larger supporting web of human culture within which a normative code of ethics is accepted and practiced by the majority of its citizens, and within which some form of religious belief that transcends the human order which supports this normative code with its own ultimate moral authority.

Keywords: democracy; ethics; religion; human culture; politics; moral authority

Chapter.  3382 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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