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Questions tagged [morality]

The differentiation among intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong).

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How does Catholicism deal with the apparent paradox/conflict between “love thy neighbour” and “you will be rewarded”

I am wondering about an apparent conflict between a call for selfless love topped with a promise of a reward for it. Simply speaking, one is called to behave well (love ones neighbour) out of kindness ...
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Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil?

The Internet is full of news that Pope Francis has amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church to forbid capital punishment under all circumstances. One thing remains unclear for me, however: Did ...
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How is free-will formally defined as distinct from determinism, randomness and determinism-randomness hybrid to support moral responsibility? [closed]

Usually free-will is assumed by most faith traditions as a prerequisite for moral responsibility in order to justify eternal punishment. The argument goes as "you are truly responsible for your ...
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Can “feelings and passions” make an act involuntary?

In high school, my religion teacher said, Mortal sin is a very serious matter. It is a conscious decision in which the person intentionally turns away from God. Therefore it is impossible to, say, ...
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According to Catholicism, is it ever permissible to produce physical evil so that good may result?

In Romans 3:8, Paul teaches that it is wrong to do evil to achieve good: And why not say—as we are accused and as some claim we say—that we should do evil that good may come of it? Their penalty is ...
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Lies of the Desert Fathers

Reading The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, I came across at least two accounts of the Fathers lying to or deceiving people 10 . Once a provincial judge heard of Abba Moses and went to Scete to see ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

During a conversation on crocodile farming for production of meat and leather in the Third World, the person I was talking to found that it was cruelty against animals and that humans, in the 21st ...
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How do theistic evolutionists explain moral reasoning?

If you are a theistic evolutionist, then I see two possible explanations for the existence of human moral reasoning. 1) That at some point in the evolution of primates (or even a more distant common ...
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Does the Church believe that an economic system with shared property is better than one based on private property? [closed]

I met a priest who stated that an economic system based upon shared property is the best and holiest possible system. The priest has made a few interesting Biblical arguments. In his opinion: Such an ...
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On what basis does the Catholic Church oppose penalisation of women guilty of abortion?

There is a very heated public debate about abortion in Poland at this moment. Pro-life organizations, seeing opportunity in the fact that the current government claims to be pro-Catholic, formally ...
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Crucifixion and the principle of double effect

Crucifying Jesus is obviously morally wrong. Being silent on another person's sin is also a sin. God is sinless. How does, from Roman Catholic perspective, one explain the fact that Jesus didn't stop ...
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According to LCMC Lutheranism, why is human imagination considered evil, when unsaved people do some amazingly good things?

According to Genesis 6:5 (NIV) every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. According to Genesis 8:21 states similarly ... every inclination of the human ...
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According to the morality of the Catholic Church are there any organs that are not permitted to be offered in organ transplants?

According to the morality of the Catholic Church are there any organs that are not permitted to be offered in organ transplants? Wikipedia has a very large list of organs that are commonly used in ...
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Modern religious law it still applicable? [closed]

Leviticus 20 literally is associated with Israelites. Why is there a necessity for association with modern law?
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Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

Catholics are called to help others in need and to give up what they have for others. However, we do not all give for the same reasons or in the same manner. I've generated a list of general forms of ...
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How do Catholics view the role of conscience in determing morals?

Once in a while I come across statements from Catholics that seem to say that there isn't an absolute truth. It sometimes sounds very like the postmodern mantra that "what is true for you isn't ...
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What is the Biblical basis for moral absolutism?

In this world of moral relativism, do any Christians make a scriptural (Biblical) case for moral absolutism? That is, how do they use the Bible to make the case that there is such a concept as ...
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What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?

In cases where a leisure, entertainment, play activity is questioned for its morality, the moral analysis tends to hinge on at least one evil aspect of the activity—one that either glorifies an evil (...
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What are the current views of the Catholic Church on the right to secession?

I’ve recently heard an interesting opinion that no entity has moral right to exercise authority upon any social group that is unwilling to remain under this authority (excluding inmates). Therefore, ...
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What is the Catholic concept of “freedom to sin”?

This question is inspired by a question posted on ScienceFiction&Fantasy.SE. The central issue (vastly oversimplifying) is whether it's more evil to compel someone to do good than to compel them ...
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Where does C. S. Lewis teach that a virtuous attitude can be developed by acting virtuously?

I recall reading something by C. S. Lewis some time ago in which he recommends that a person who wants to develop a virtuous, right attitude in some area of life should begin acting virtuously in that ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is practicing spiritism moral?

What does the Catholic Church teach about Spiritism, especially the Kardecist Spiritualism Doctrine (covered in the link above)? According to the Catholic Church, it is wrong to try to communicate ...
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Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall?

Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall, once they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? If so, would they have been ...
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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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What is an overview of different stances on whether and why it is a sin to pay taxes?

Assuming your government participates in immoral wars that are unjust according to your personal beliefs and religious doctrine (for example Christian just war theory), what do Christian groups ...
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What is the traditional view of Divine Command Theory in accordance to the Reformed tradition?

Wikipedia gives the following definition: Divine command theory is a meta-ethical theory which proposes that an action's status as morally good is equivalent to whether it is commanded by God. ...
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What is the basis for seeing Christ's words in the Gospels as part of the New Covenant?

I see this topic pop up in certain Christian circles. Certain people make the claim that the "Words in Red" in the Gospels (those regarded as the words of Jesus) are not part of the New Testament ...
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Why is vengeance for the Lord?

God has said that vengeance should belong to Him alone, but why? Romans 12:19 ESV Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will ...
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Is BDSM dealt with in Scripture? [closed]

The Bible seems to be very specific about when sex is or isn't a sin. From my understanding, The Bible's stance on sexual activity could be summed up as "Any sexual activity unless it is consensual ...
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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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Difference between contraception and abortion? [closed]

I'm not sure where I could ask this question so I'm posting here. Sorry if this will create too many answers or a long debate. I just can't find the category where I can ask. If a parent says to a ...
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Does the Bible contain a definitive explanation of morality?

Does the Bible contain a definitive explanation of morality? Or does it leave room for interpretation on the matter of what is moral and what is immoral? Perhaps it depends on the tradition?
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Is it possible (intellectually honest) to 'contextualise' the 'anti-divorce' passages, but not the 'anti-homosexual' ones?

(Disclaimer: This is an honest question, I'm not trying to be inflammatory. Also I confess to not having done a great deal of research on this one) I'm not familiar with the positions of all ...
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Moral implications of heaven and hell doctrine [closed]

Many Christians believe that when a person dies, they go to either heaven or hell. Catholics believe in purgatory, but most Protestants seem to not believe in this doctrine. Furthermore, the vast ...
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Covering of the hair for women, and beards in 1st Century Palestine

Note: This is just a historical point, it isn't judging anyone, just trying to understand things in their historical context. In a lecture I heard that in 1st century Palestine: 1. All women used ...
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Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins? [duplicate]

I am interested in the Christian and biblical view about when it is right to do something wrong in order to prevent something worse from happening. This question is mainly inspired by a documentary ...
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Question regarding the nature of moral absolutes [closed]

I was having a highly spirited debate with one of my best friends about religion. He is an avowed atheist. When I brought up the subject of morality, he countered me with an interesting argument that ...
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What is theological root of global warming skepticism?

Ed Stetzer, a renowned evangelist and church planter with 100k followers on Twitter, made two tweets today on the IPCC report on global warming. In one he said that "... I'm sure they are all lying." ...
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Is it immoral to allow children to believe in Santa Claus? [closed]

St. Nicholas, who is one of my favorite saints, is well known for his charitable witness to the Gospel. His legendary reputation, along with his feast days, have carried his spiritual presence down ...
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What is the scriptural basis for believing that God wants us to know an action is morally, objectively right or wrong?

As a Catholic I believe that God wants us to know with certainty if any given action is morally, objectively right or wrong and that He reveals this to us in various ways. I would like to know what ...
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Has any prominent theologian ever explained why Jesus let a thief be in charge of the money?

From John 12:4-6 we learn that Judas was a thief, but also that he was in charge of the money bag. I've always thought of this as Jesus way of allowing Judas to master it rather than be mastered by ...
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Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher?

Are there any current Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher, rather than as the supernatural Son of God? I am looking for specific examples of denominations that state this ...
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Why is faith so much more important than being a good person? [closed]

I recently had a debate with one of my friends in which he asked "Why would a good and just God not make salvation dependent on ethics, but rather on gullibility, as the Christian God has?" and I ...
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Whose morals are being referenced by NT authors in the expression “sexual immorality”? [closed]

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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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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Is the definition of “sin” subjective? Of whom's morals is it based on?

Whenever I try to determine what is a sin and what isn't I get very confused... I read things by Paul and sins seem to become very subjective... _____ is a sin if you make it a sin through belief ...
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Do any Christian denominations have any policies to prevent nepotism?

Nepotism: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, esp. by giving them jobs. In the secular world giving a friend a salaried position over another person ...
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What is the moral status of common-law marriage? [closed]

It is a common Christian belief that sex outside of marriage (whether extra-marital or pre-marital) is sinful. But what about common law marriage? In 10 US states and the District of Columbia (source),...
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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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Should a Christian watch horror movies? [closed]

A lot of Christians seem to think that it's wrong to watch horror movies. Others say that it's just another form of entertainment. I don't know for sure which position is right. Though whenever I ...