Questions tagged [morality]

The differentiation among intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong). Use this tag for questions which focus on the APPLICATION of an ethical standard to particular situations. Use this tag when it's the parameters of the SITUATION rather than the standard itself that prompted the question. Use the "ethics" tag instead for questions on the standard itself, rather than the situation.

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Which of the Ten Commandments becomes a subject of aberration if a Christian evades Income Tax?

In many countries like India, Return of Income Tax due to the Government from the citizens are filed online on the dedicated Tax Portal . Each citizen is required to disclose the income he earned in ...
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How is selling the use of a house not usury but selling the use of wine is?

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II q. 78 a. 1 co., says that usury is to sell the use of a consumable good separately from the consumable good itself: To take usury for money lent is unjust ...
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Why does the author of Hebrews picture Esau as an immoral and godless person?

We read in Hebrews 12:16 : See to it that no one becomes like Esau, an immoral and godless person, who sold his birthright for a single meal. Gen 25:29-34 tells us how Jacob "bought" the ...
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What Early Church Father taught that marriage is between a man and a woman?

It is very obvious that marriage biblically is defined as being between one men and women one (Genesis 2:23-24, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:6-8, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Hebrews 17:4) but what Early Church ...
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How is Tamar Viewed in Judeo-Christian tradition?

Personally I consider Tamar, the wife of Judah, to be one of the great women of Bible -- the Mother of most Jews and the foremother of Jesus. However, her story is a troubling one. She is most famous ...
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Did any Early Church Father believe that being armed/self-defence was justified?

As you know there were many prophets in the Bible who were armed and had swords for self-defence. Jesus himself allowed St. Peter and his apostles to buy a sword for self-defence. But did any of the ...
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How binding are encyclicals on practicing Catholic's beliefs?

I am reading through certain encyclicals from Popes on economics, and I wanted to know how binding they are on my beliefs (if I were to be a Catholic who follows church teaching). Are they binding? Do ...
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According to Catholicism, is tempting another person a sin?

According to Catholic theologians, is tempting another person always a sin? It would seem to be a sin, because tempting someone is to lead him into sin, which is the sin of scandal. It would seem not ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

My friend is a Progressive Christian who says that the bible doesn't condemn or even mention sex outside of marriage in the bible. Is this true? If not, what is the Biblical basis for condemning sex ...
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Can Christians have a right to defend themselves? [closed]

My friend is a Progressive Christian who argues that as Christians it is immoral for Christians to either defend themselves or their family and must be like Jesus a pacifist, he then goes on to quote ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are sex positions that can’t bear children sinful?

Note that my question is asking about married couples, not just any two people engaging in intercourse. According to the Catholic Church, would a husband in wife be in sin if they committed any of the ...
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What does the Bible say about gender segregation and free mixing of sexes in public places?

Islamic scholars claim it is against Islamic rules to attend events where there is free mixing of men and women (such as concerts, proms and parties): There follows a list of haraam things which both ...
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Did the Early Church Fathers condemn polygamy?

Today I was debating with a Christian who believes in polygamy and claimed that the Early Church Fathers allowed for the act of polygamy, is that true and is there any evidence that the Early Church ...
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Was Jesus Christ a refugee?

Yesterday I was debating the topic with my Progressive Christian friend who claimed that the Lord was a refugee. Was Jesus Christ, by definition, a refugee?
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As Christians can we support immigration control? [closed]

As Christians are we allowed to believe in immigration control or want control as to who enters the country? If yes, then how do you interrupt verses such as these, which seem to support the concept ...
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Doesn't God giving orders to demons contradict the principle of double effect?

Doesn't God giving orders to demons contradict the principle of double effect? 1 Kings 22:19-23, 1 Samuel 16:14 and Judges 9:23 clearly seem to say that God gave orders to demons. Thomas Aquinas also ...
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Is there such a thing as moral neutrality in Catholic thought?

Or in other words, is there any human act that is neither good nor evil? For example: Eating a bowl of cereal. I would say it is good, because it is a part of human nature to eat food, and a bowl of ...
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According to Catholicism, why are all sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments grave matter ex toto genere suo?

In my prayer book from 1930, it says, in an examination of conscience, under the 6th and 9th Commandment (emphasis mine): It is sufficient to remind penitents that each and every act, if deliberate, ...
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According to the Catholic Church, if one, faced with the threat of being burned alive, denied Christ, would his sin be mortal?

If one, faced with the threat of being burned alive, denied Christ, would his sin be mortal? It seems that it was treated as such in history, but how can this be so in light of CCC 1859 which says ...
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What is the Church's traditional understanding of usury and has it changed?

From scripture, it would seem that the taking of interest on any loan is unjust (Leviticus 25:36–37). Most people are also familiar with the fact that usury used to be condemned by Christians. But, it ...
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From a Thomistic perspective, why is there homosexuality among animals?

St. Thomas Aquinas said: "Union of male and female is said to be of natural law, because nature has taught this to animals: yet she has taught this union to various animals in various ways ...
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Is God indirectly responsible for moral evil, according to Catholicism?

I thought it was obvious that God is indirectly responsible for moral evil. For example, God created the Devil, and the Devil freely chose to do evil. But the Catechism says "God is in no way, ...
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Does the Catholic Church allow scientific experiments that deliberately inflict some degree of pain on a human being?

I want to know if the intention of causing pain in a human being for scientific reasons is immoral.
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Christianity, community, friendship, and relationships

I have an ongoing and repetitive discussion with a Christian about the importance of relationships where they say that everyone dies alone. Are there good arguments from the Christian perspective ...
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Does the Catholic Church have any teaching on cannibalism?

Does the Catholic Church have any teaching on cannibalism? I wasn't able to find much about it.
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Should Christians (Protestants) play God of War? [closed]

I was going to play through the God of War series, and as a Christian, violence and even gore doesn't really bother me, nor does magic stuff as long as it doesn't resemble anything real, like from the ...
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According to believers in libertarian free will, do all human beings have a genuine chance to freely choose to live a perfect sinless life?

Premise of this question: first of all, I'm basing this question on my common sense understanding that moral responsibility and judgement presuppose that human beings have the capacity to make free ...
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What is Christianity’s view on moral dilemmas?

Can God create a situation in which a Christian has to face a moral dilemma and go for "the lesser sin"? (I.e. to choose the smaller evil) Or should the Christian look for a third ...
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In Genesis 2:17, is God telling a lie for a greater good?

Please be aware that my knowledge of theology is very limited, and thus can make my question naive I was under the impression that the end should not justify the means in the spirit of the Bible. ...
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Which medieval theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful?

Many years ago I read that a certain theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful than with an uglier one. Which medieval theologian was this, and how did he argue his ...
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Can Catholics participate in a regime or administration that lies to protect its people?

An article in Slate describe "Noble Lies" as: When experts or agencies deliver information to the public that they consider possibly or definitively false to further a larger, often well-...
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Is God beholden to the definition of free will?

I have heard repeatedly that the reason God doesn't use His omnipotence to prevent people from doing evil is that He wants people to freely choose not to. This doesn't make sense to me though, ...
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Why did God allow polygamy in the Old Testament?

I’ve been reading a bit into 1 Samuel, and came across something that confused me: 1 Samuel 25:43 NIV David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives. But, in Genesis, we ...
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

Is it okay to abort a baby when the continuation of the pregnancy may result in the death of his or her mother, according to Catholicism?
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Did God's moral principles change with the change of OT times to NT times?

It is a universal moral concept in the Christian era that the family members of a criminal are not responsible for his crime (unless they participated in that crime), and that the subordinates are not ...
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Mere Christianity Book I Chapters 1 and 2: How would Lewis explain morality being inherently known but also taught?

I recently started reading Mere Christianity, and I am trying to figure out Lewis's view on whether morality is taught or is something that every person knows by nature. He seems to claim both views, ...
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When is it morally acceptable to lie? [closed]

Lying is a sin. It is a violation of one of the Ten Commandments, and a disobeying of God. However, there are many instances in the Bible where someone may lie (usually to protect someone), and God ...
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If you promise or swear to do something evil or sinful, do you have an obligation to fulfill that promise?

If you promise or swear to do something evil or sinful, do you have an obligation to fulfill that promise? I know this is probably a silly question, but it's been bothering me. My main biblical source ...
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Are the Ten Commandments a perfect summary of all the commandments found in the Bible?

Many Christians claim that Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) are special because they summarize the "moral law" of God. However, in the Old Testament we find about 613 commandments, and similarly ...
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Is it morally commendable to volunteer your own life to go to Hell in place of someone else? [closed]

Theoretically speaking, let's say that you die and go to Heaven. God introduces you to Samantha who did not believe when she was on Earth, so by the declaration of God, she is going to Hell. God gives ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view on curses and their after-effects?

We see at Exodus 20:232-24 (NRSVCE): "You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; my wrath will burn, and I will kill ...
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Are the Old Testament prohibitions on incest applicable to Christians? [duplicate]

The Old Testament forbids incest. Does this aspect of the Mosaic law apply to Christians?
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How many non-decalogue commandments from the Old Testament are still morally binding for Christians? [duplicate]

Many denominations believe that Christians should obey the ten commandments (also known as the decalogue), which can be found in Exodus 20:1-17. However, there are 613 commandments in the Old ...
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If an individual sins because God "hardened their heart", does that make God the direct responsible of the sin (i.e. a sinner)? [closed]

In the Bible we find passages such as: Exodus 7:3-4 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 4 he will not listen to you. Exodus 11:9-10 9 The Lord ...
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Are jokes like those listed here blasphemous, according to Catholicism? [duplicate]

Are jokes like those listed here blasphemous? Whisky is the real holy water [source] They want to know what the doctor gives me so that they can take it too, they who struggle just as I do. But I do ...
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Is morality objective with God? If so, why? [closed]

Something many theists point to is without God, morality is subjective. For example, an atheist can't justify that murder is intrinsically wrong. If God does exist however, then morality is objective ...
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"Plan B" contraceptive [closed]

If a person uses a "Plan B" contraceptive to prevent pregnancy without knowing it may inhibit implantation, is he a murderer?
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Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong?

Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong? I am interested in an answer from the Catholic viewpoint.
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What is a "human act" in Catholic moral theology?

What is a "human act" in Catholic moral theology, and how does it relate to "full consent of the will" which is one of the conditions for a mortal sin?
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Why is complete consent listed as a requirement for an act to be a mortal sin?

What does the complete consent, when listed as a requirement for a mortal sin, mean? Objection: It would seem that there are mortal sins without complete consent. A woman goes to get an abortion ...
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