Ethics for the Modern Age

Each of the religious world views that inspire the seeker offers their own ethics. These ethics sometimes contradict. This may lead to a lack of guidance on moral issues, but may also lead to undesirable inconsistency over time.

Many of the worldviews mentioned in the sources of faith have their own ethics and these worldviews often contradict. If seekers are willing to be inspired by the various religious worldviews in a continuously changing mix, it might follow that their personal ethics continuously change as well.

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This possible incoherence becomes clearer by asking the following questions: • Do ethics follow from religion, or the other way around? • How to find a proper foundation for ethics, in case of religious pluralism? • What justifies the adoption (or rejection) of certain religious views? • What justifies the adoption (or rejection) of certain moral rules?

The human person is most fundamentally a practical or active being … In this respect, moral questions (what ought I to do?) … are prior to questions of truth and being (what is the world really like?) … and cannot be suspended until the latter be answered. Furthermore, the great streams of civilization now rapidly flow together into one world history. That means that humanity cannot afford to stick with a pluralist system of morals, each given by its own worldviews. Ethics that suit the contemporary age must be thoroughly pluralistic, independent of the religious worldview of specific doctrine.

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