Morality. “We all think that morality is important, but we can't agree on what is moral.”*. To conservative Christians "moral values" tends to refer to sexual behavior and issues such as marriage and abortion.
*Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Nov. 7, 2004
Internally motivated – imposed from within (innate)
Punished from within (sense of shame, guilt)
Affects the self (even if not others)
Guided by principles
Externally motivated – imposed by others (told what to do by society, god)
Punished by others (society, god)
Affects others (even if not the self)
Guided by rules/lawEthics of Virtue vs. Ethics of Duty
Charismatic Leader as model
God says “do” and “don’t” (“thou shalt not”, “thou shalt”)
If God commands us to kill, does killing become the moral thing to do?
Or: Do we do good because we are good (virtuous)?
Is it still an issue of “morality” if we are simply “obeying the law”
“duty ethics” = yes
“virtue ethics” = no
Or: is there any absolute and universal moral law?
What basic moral principle guides your life?
Or do you live according to the rules?