Relationship Between Religion And Morality

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How could the relation of religion and morality be problematic? Do each of these not determine one another? Does religion lead to morality or does morality lead to religion? These are all the questions that can be asked when we see that religion is related problematically to morality. Religion and morality have been closely intertwined dating back to the beginning of the Abrahamic faiths and Greek philosophy. The term moral has many meanings which come from the Latin word mos. It can be defined as a code of conduct by a society or in this case a religion. In terms of defining religion, it can be understood as a system of belief and practice that relates to a being or such beings. This essay endeavours to explore the problematic issues that arise between religion and morality. It will be elaborated and proven through the reference of three famous philosophers; Immanuel Kant, Rudolf Otto and Soren Kierkegaard. These men are considered immensely religious and started their existing religious consciousness through their thinking within ethics. Immanuel Kant based himself around contemporary philosophy such as metaphysics and ethics. He linked many of this works to…show more content…
The problems within religion and morality can be dated back as far as the Abrahamic faiths and Greek philosophy. Both of them have individual meanings but when linked together can be similar in some senses although causing complications. Using the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Rudolf Otto and Soren Kierkegaard this essay has analysed the problematic relationship between religion and morality. Although both of them have a close relationship and that their relationship opposes many challenges we can notice that religion is supported by morality because we know that humans have a tendency to be evil. Kant made a clear point that the heart of religion is morality. Kierkegaard exhibits that religion goes beyond morality
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