Essay on Assignment 5 Price

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RELS 160/Assignment 5 Name: Jordan C. Price

Assignment 5: Based on your reading in Ch 9 in Kessler, the posted readings Morality Without Religion and Universality of Moral Law, the Socrates & St. Augustine power point, pgs. 24-39 in Nye, and the Popular Culture power point.

In all cases, support your answer by stating your reasoning. Be specific, provide detail, and use examples where appropriate in order to demonstrate your understanding of the material. IMPORTANT: Use your own words rather than those of the author. Merely quoting or paraphrasing the textbook does not demonstrate to me your understanding of the material, which is what you are being graded on.

1. In your own words, explain Confucian Virtue theory. Be sure to use
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They agreed that doing the right thing will be good for the individual and also believed that there were specific traits that contributed to immoral behavior.

4. What are the results of Hauser & Singer’s research in Morality Without Religion and what conclusions do they reach based on those results? This is essentially a two-part question.

The results of Hauser & Singers research were 90% of the subjects said it was permissible to flip the switch on the boxcar, 97% said it was obligatory to rescue the baby, and 97% said it was forbidden to remove the healthy mans organs.

They believe that since the subjects were clueless to offering any explanations to account for the differences sin situations means that they are as incoherent as atheists. The results show that we are all endowed with moral faculty that guides our judgments between doing right and wrong. They believe that evolved intuitions are passed down between generations and that we possess them regardless of religion. Our own nature dictates our own morality rather than God.

5. Why does Raymond Williams say that popular culture is culture in a documentary sense? Why does popular culture matter in an academic study of religion?

Popular culture is culture in a documentary sense because culture is a body of work contributed to by intellectuals and their “imaginative work”. Human thought and experience have been documented and recorded in a very detailed manner. The history of

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