Discussion of the View that Morality and Religion are Linked
The view that morality and religion are linked together implies that
it is God who dictates to us humans whatever is moral. Therefore, any
action dictated to humans to carry out by God is morally right or
acceptable. Looking from this point of view, morality would be based
on unchangeable laws and this view is deontological because it based
on golden rules and does not look at present consequences before it is
considered moral or right. This view makes morality objective as it
lays down certain rules for humans to live by.
The Euthyphro dialogue is what the issue of religion and morality is
based around. This dialogue by Plato portrays the view that morality
and religion are linked. In this dialogue, Plato’s fictional
character, Euthyphro is going to persecute his father for killing a
peasant, which was done unintentionally. Due to fact that he believes
that any actions God commands humans to carry out should be obeyed, he
goes on to persecute his father. This point of perspective portrays
the view that morality and religion are linked.
This view is illustrated in Aristotle’s opinion on the relationship
between morality and religion. He proposed that God is the only
standard of right and wrong. This means he did not borrow any separate
principle of morality from any form and God himself implies goodness
and morality. Aristotle’s view is therefore analytically true as it
implies goodness and morality are included in the idea of God. This
view is also what the three monotheistic religions-Christianity, Islam
and Judaism accept.
Another, perspective that illustrates a link between morality and
religion is the Christian existentialism. Kierkegaard, a group of
Christians whose view is based on the absolute paradox believes that
God became a man on earth (Jesus Christ, who is
God in human form) and portrayed morality and goodness. In addition,
the Anabaptist group of Christians refused in any way to be violent,
taking seriously the surrender of Jesus on the cross. This view of
Christian Existentialism strictly links...