Immanuel Kant: The Relationship Between Religion Vs. Morality

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A man is walking down the street past a jewelry store and sees a gorgeous watch in the window that he would like to give his wife, but he doesn’t have the money. He goes inside anyway, picks it up, looks at it, and when the clerk isn’t watching he sneaks it in his pocket and walks out. This man stole a watch, that action is considered morally wrong anywhere in the world. Since this man committed an immoral action, does that mean he doesn’t believe in God? Philosophers have debated this idea back and forth, so I will take a look at both sides. I am going to discuss the relationship between religion and morality, whether they go hand in hand or not as well as how Immanuel Kant and other philosophers contribute to the idea. First, the relationship between religion and morality are a lot of times viewed as one impacting the other. If someone is more devoted to God, they are more likely to perform morally right actions without causing many sins, or morally wrong actions. Pojman discusses whether “God commands what is good because it is good or whether the good is good because God commands it” (Pojman, 188). This sentence gave me a lot of confusion at first, but after dissecting it I realized it could completely vary and depend on the severity of the …show more content…
I do not think these two topics go hand in hand or are related in any way. Of the three ideas I have discussed, I can agree most with Immanuel Kant’s independence thesis and how religion and morality are independent from one another. I believe there is a God, but I am not extremely religious, yet I am still capable of making morally good decisions. I also liked Kant’s idea of immorality, how we are not perfect so immorality is expecting from everyone at some point. I think that for some people religion is a huge part of their actions, whether they be good or bad, but personally religion and morality do not

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