Theological Ethics

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Tanya Ellington – Student No 54021596 Assignment 01 – Unique No. 204488 (Semester 2 – Due Date 12th August 2013)
N.B. The questions are in red, and the answers are in black

Question 1 The nature of Theological Ethics is often misunderstood. Describe some common misunderstandings concerning what theological Ethics involves. Also provide a valid definition of Theological Ethics (33 marks) (600 words) Answer Theological ethics basically is a combination of all ethical concerns and most ethics are action based. Theological ethics encompass various religious beliefs and ideals; however the term “theological” refers mainly to the Christian beliefs and understandings. This is not to say that other religious or philosophical beliefs and ideas are
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Religion is therefore defined the individuals obedience for their own moral duty. He has a very critical system of philosophy which states that the individual is supreme, and those communities, and also religions must be rejected in favour of the individual needs. I.e. Not for the good of mankind, but for self-preservation. A person must do what reason requires – at a minimum, not having inconsistent or self-contradictory policies. Morally Kant believes we are all equal. No one is privileged. The only things which any person can be held accountable for are those this which are under our own control. We cannot control the consequences of these actions and therefore cannot be held morally responsible. Kant’s question here would be “What ought I to do?” People can have courage and virtue etc. but still to be a good person. In order for a person to be morally good, he must have a good will. Just because a person has natural or social advantage like wealth and education or virtues like friendliness and courage it does NOT mean that they are a good person. One of Kant’s ideals basically implies that you should treat people the way you would want to be treated, which is certainly a moral ethic to follow – where you are religious or not. These philosophers both differ in their philosophies, however many of their theories are adopted as moral ethics in society today. Question 3 Moral formation depends on the influence of internal and external


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