‘Conscience Is the Voice of God’ Discuss. Essay
Most people would agree that conscience is the reasoned voice inside us that guides and tells us what we should and shouldn’t do. However peoples views on the origins of conscience can differ a lot; whether people belief its Gods doing or whether it’s innate or even whether it is acquired. In this essay I will be showing the viewpoints of various philosophers with their beliefs on whether conscience is or isn’t the voice of God. Ultimately I believe that conscience is not the voice of God.
John Henry Newman believed that conscience was the voice of God, and that following the suggestions of your conscience gives the same significance as to follow God’s laws and values. Newman used …show more content…
Another philosopher who believed that conscience was the voice of God was Joseph Butler, an Anglican Bishop. For Butler there are two basic principles of human influence: self-love and benevolence. Conscience is the balancing force of these two influences; It directs us towards the interests of others and away from ourselves. Like Aquinas, Butler argued that we have been made in the image of God with the ability to reason. Conscience is based on moral reason - a component of the conscious mind. It is innately God-given and gives us the capacity to make our own decisions based on Gods influence on our