A branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality

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Does the Bible condemn white lies? [closed]

Orthodox views on it state that any sort of lie is a sin by itself. More liberal Christians will say that it doesn't really mean that much provided it doesn't hurt anybody. But more importantly than ...
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Is “the ends justify the means” compatible with Christianity? [closed]

This cliche is usually quoted in the context of "the ends don't justify the means", but in practice most folks seem to live as if the ends did justify the means even if the means involved sin. However ...
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Do not allow a sorceress/witch to live?

I saw a witch a while back being mistreated, which deeply troubled me. I am strong proponent for Luke 6:31. I am familiar with Exodus 22:18 which usually translates to something like: Do not allow a ...
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Are our consciences trustworthy?

In Romans there are a couple verses that indicate that the law has not only been given in written form through the ten commandments, but written "on our hearts." It also says that this law will bear ...
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Can you be a Christian and serve in the Military? [duplicate]

Can you serve in a military service and not violate the will of God?
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Is God just and/or merciful?

I am told, repeatedly, with great intensity and sincerity that YHVH / the LORD is kind and merciful, forgiving of all sins. Now, I read the Bible enough. God's main demonstrations of power seem to ...
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Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism?

I believe that throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Bible espouses moral absolutism. Yet, I recently read on this site a response to a question about slavery: As stated, ...
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Why is rape not in the 10 commandments? [closed]

Seems like a good one to touch on. I'm sure there could have been room in there somewhere if he wanted it. Why not?
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Should a Bible believing Christian be pleased at the death of Osama bin Laden?

I'm looking for a Biblical response to this question. And it's not specific to bin Laden but I'm just using him as an example. I know Jesus said love your enemies. And Paul even showed how this can ...
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What is the basis for Christian disapproval of creation of artificial life?

We can now design bacterial genome from scratch, as mentioned in this thread on skeptics.se, and this opens up new and exciting possibilities for solving many problems the humanity is facing today, ...
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What issues do Catholics representing God in fiction historically face?

I'm currently running a Role-playing game which is nearing its fourth year of play and is coming to a close. The end of the campaign will involve the passing away of this world and the prophesied ...
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Is abortion okay if it is medically necessary? [closed]

I'm sure that most of us agree that abortion is sinful and certainly not okay...most of the time. However, I'm thinking of two rare circumstances that may be exceptions. The mother would die but the ...
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Why does Catholic Church (and possibly some other denominations) approve natural family planning and condemn different kinds of contraception?

That's one thing that bothers me. While I agree that using means of birth control that affect embryo is simply wrong in the terms of morality, I cannot tell any difference between natural family ...
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Is the Golden Rule really the Gold Standard? [closed]

Does the Golden Rule, often stated as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" originate from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus? If not where does it come from? If so how was it ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, would a cloned human being have a soul?

Recently I heard from my devout religious acquaintance that, according to Christian (Catholic) faith, a cloned individual wouldn't actually be a person. She explained that a human being consists of a ...
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What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke Do Christian Pacifists tend to argue against the sense of Burke's famous quote by affirming God's ...
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What is the basis for Theonomy?

From Wikipedia, Theonomy, from theos (god) and nomos (law), is the state of being governed by God or in accord with divine law. It's also essentially the view that all types of government ...
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What sort of Christians are proponents of just war?

Which sects of Christianity are support the idea of "Just War"? What are the arguments that they give that support this view? How do they see their views on this issue being related to the Bible?
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Why is it usually easier to do things the wrong or unethical way than to do things the right way?

Jenny Thompson generalized this question from another that I asked earlier, so I thought I'd ask it here. I have a few suggested answers on this: (But they're probably all wrong) Some people have ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “Do Least Harm” or “Do Greatest Good”?

At one point in The Reason For God, Timothy Keller talks about how to pick which action to choose in a tough dilemma. He gave the example of a man having borrowed tools from another guy...and said guy ...
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Whose morals are being referenced by NT authors in the expression “sexual immorality”?

When the expression "Sexual Immorality" appears in bible translations (Namely, when Paul uses that word/phrase 1 Corinthians) — to whose morals is it referring? The morals of the body of the church ...
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How should Christianity respond to the person who defames it? [closed]

In a Christian country (where the Christian law is obeyed), if a person insults Jesus, makes fun of him and defames the Bible, How should the Government, Church and Christians respond (according to ...
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Does the Bible advocate ethical egoism?

Ethical egoism is the normative ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self-interest. According to ethical egoism, I should only do what benefits me. That doesn't ...
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Did Jeremiah lie in Jeremiah 38:27

Is Jeremiah lying here? I know that Jeremiah had previously discussed not being sent back to Jonathan's house in Jeremiah 37:20, but that is not the conversation that the officials seem to be asking ...
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Are contraceptives ok to treat other conditions?

What does the Catholic church teach about the use of the hormone medications normally proscribed for use as birth-control to regulate the symptoms of PMS or other conditions brought on by hormone ...
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How is doing 'what is right in the eyes of everyone' different from being 'politically correct'?

Paul says in Romans that we should 'Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone'. (Romans 12:17. NIV). However, I would certainly not characterize Paul as being 'politically correct' by any ...
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In the Bible, have “good men” often set their hand against each other?

(King) David, Samson, and Gideon, among others, were all robust slayers of enemies of Israel, most of whom were "bad" men. In at least one instance, David set his hand against a good man, Uriah, for ...
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What is the basis of Christian belief that criminals should be punished on Earth?

Do Christians believe that criminals should be punished on Earth by state authorities? If so, why are they not satisfied with the promised divine punishment in afterlife?
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When and why did the ancient church no longer care about offending a brother? [closed]

Anyone reading the New Testament becomes aware that the early church would avoid practices that offended their brother, out of a spirit of love.  For example, even if it was not technically wrong to ...
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Does God share moral responsibility for our deeds, good and bad?

I am looking for an overview of the major historical approaches to the following question/group of questions: Since God has given us this body to do good or bad, then does he share at all in the ...
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Why do religious people find it hard to accept that you don't need religion to have a good moral code? [closed]

Just curious why some religious people think that without god there is only evil. Why can't a person without a religion be a good person, sometimes even better than some religious people?
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What did CS Lewis think didn't reflect God?

Lewis followed Plato's notion of the Forms. He believed everything on Earth reflected the all-perfect, all-joyous God. Or did he? I asked a Christian recently if he thought CS Lewis thought 'all' ...
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On Method in Catholic Moral Theology

My question is: what is a method (step-by-step recipe) in catholic moral theology? Optatam totius 16 provides the following guidelines for the dogmatic theology: Biblical topics Patristic ...
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What action would Christian ethics guide this missionary to do? [closed]

Please pardon my english if you find any incongruent usage of words, grammar. A first posting by a non-english speaker I understand that hypothetical questions are usually missing all the relevant ...
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How is it that sinful people who do not believe, still get the blessings of the Lord?

Why do great things happen to unbelievers and even bad people? In Church there is talk about blessings of the Lord for those who love Him, etc. But what about those that are blessed that don't love ...
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Would Christianity (in general) agree with “That which is necessary is moral”? [closed]

"That which is necessary is legal" is a doctrine practiced by sane states, so I would like to believe. What about "That which is necessary is moral" ? If so, are there some notable exceptions of ...
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Do any Christian versions of 'Just War Theory' address cases in which foes exploit the principles of Just War to their own advantage?

The ends justify the means. - attributed (perhaps unjustly) to Niccolo Machiavelli Christian proponents of Just War Theory would surely reject the quote above as being entirely antithetical to ...
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Is it allowed to do bad things for a good reason? [duplicate]

Generally speaking, doing know sins for a good reason is allowed? You suspect your brother is doing something wrong with his free time on the internet and you want to protect him, so, when he is out ...
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Is there anything in the bible that prohibits consuming narcotics? [duplicate]

Many christians think that consuming narcotics is sinful. The question is not about whether it's sinful or not. I haven't seen anything in the Bible that says things like, "Thou shall not smoke ...