RS200_X40_Intro to Religious Studies : Wk6 Discussion Question 1

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This week we discuss the intersection of three major concepts religion, morality and ethics and how they support and diverge from one another These concepts and how they are treated in this weeks reading are presented from a distinct literate tradition perspective. To discuss these concepts from an oral tradition perspective we would have to take a very different approach in our discussion. As with much of what we have already discussed regarding religion, morality deals with relationships.  Actions with and affecting others. Religions often provide a foundation for our relationships and interactions to treat others fairly and respectfully. But sometimes the paths will separate and appear to be conflict. An example of this would be human sacrifice in the name of religion. How do we deal with a divine commandment to kill?

Discuss examples of how religion supports morality as well as the conflict of priorities sometimes seen in the relationship of religion and morality. Be sure to refer to the ideas and terms as presented in the reading in your posting.

To help you frame your discussion an example would be: a basic precept of Judaism and Christianity: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). Some writers understand this “double love command” to illustrate the central relation and divergence of religion and morality.  Are the two Commandments in tension? Complementary? Representative of some other pattern?

Along with your primary posting (due Thursday), respond to at least two other student’s posting by Sunday. Your response should encourage a dialogue similar to that of a classroom discussion. Your post should be substantive, reflecting your critical grasp of the reading material and incorporate your own viewpoint. It will be graded according to the grading rubric for postings included in the syllabus, and the syllabus will also list the point value associated with this activity.

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