Ethics and Christianity Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Ethics and Christianity
An examination of the theological and societal definitions and applications of Christianity to ethics.
# 43812 | 1,213 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 02, 2003 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Ethics (General)

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This paper shows how most of Western ethical thought is Christian in origin and that the relationship between the two is profound. The paper then discusses the role of emotion in ethical decision-making and how it is hard to determine if the ideas behind bio-ethics or business ethics find their roots in Christianity or in the nature of the people involved with them. The paper also points out that given the number of Christian denominations, and their more or less varying traditions, it is hardly surprising that not all Christians agree on all ethical issues.

From the Paper:

"Our moral and ethical selves have evolved from a history and are constantly changing (in small measure) in relation to our emotional and aesthetic selves. We know that our emotional responses will shape how we react to the world just as our aesthetic sense will. The distinguishing point, however, is that the core of these responses comes from our deep past, our interconnectedness to our ancestors and ourselves that lies deep within our subconscious minds. Our ethical and moral development, then, is a reflection of our subjective reactions to our historical knowledge. Much of what we call ethics can be broken down to a very simple concept - 'The Golden Rule'. Treating others as you would have them treat you certainly has many similar manifestations in religious systems throughout the world.
"Sidney Callahan, in his article "The Role of Emotion in Ethical Decisionmaking", describes ethical decisionmaking as being an expression of our human emotional system. The human emotional system is a universal component of human functioning, the primary motivating system of all activity, including of course, thinking about ethical dilemmas. Emotions are energizing and adaptive, and serve communicating, bonding, and motivating functions."

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