“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”
One of the first serious references about the topic of Ethics goes back to 4 century B.C. to a now well known scholar named Plato. Since then numerous figures have put down a variety of ideas on this unsettled field of study. Despite previous long-lasting continual efforts only recent development succeeded to some degree in clearing away Christian values. But what are the consequences of driving out God from the world of morality? Can we sense them already in the latest “progress”?
In this essay I will define basic concepts of ethics and its elementary branches and I will also delimit area in which we are actually able to speak about moral decisions. In the end I briefly present foundation for Christian Ethics as well as a couple of reasons for more detailed exploring of this subject by Christians today.
Various books that deal with a matter of “ethics” or “morality” in their definition would suggest using these notions synonymously or interchangeably in modern society, while recognizing their distinguishing factor. Both cover field of study that addresses issues of good and evil, out of which we try to derive set of beliefs or even rules concerning the question of what is demanded and prohibited. In other words ethics examine judgments of moral (as opposed to non-moral) values and duties. Whereas the final interpretation may differ the variance of these two words lies in their Greek origin. We can often find “ethics” defined by more complex schemes such as branch of philosophy, source of moral norms, set of standards, or even prescription for working moral system. Simpler more specific patterns that ought to be or are implemented are generally accepted under concept of “morality”.
Good or Right?
Right in the start we need to face the foremost major issue in form of two principal ways for understanding things which hold value of morality. Entity is either “good” (in sense of worthy or profitable) or “right” (in sense of an objectively or subjectively ordained value). Read the rest of this entry »