Essay on Is Religion Losing Its Grip On Social Morality
Morality is a customary set of guidelines which are intended to guide human behaviour towards achieving a 'good ' and 'acceptable ' life (The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, 2014). This moral law enables society to discern from good and bad according to reason and the law of God (Purdue University, 2012). According to the law or ethics of God, the world religions have an obligation to guide people towards moral and ethical behaviour. However, this is not possible as we live in a society that is becoming increasingly secular. All around it is apparent that the word of religion, and hence the word of God, is being more and more overlooked. Despite this post-secular age, the relation between morality and religion within our society cannot be overlooked. The purpose of this investigative paper is to examine social morality in the form of social justice with particular reference to the moral of the Catholic Church in order to answer the question: is religion losing its grip on social morality in an increasingly secular society?
One of the most prominent moral dilemmas currently facing Australian society is the treatment, or lack of, towards refugees and asylum seekers. The Australian government chose to respond to the influx of asylum seekers by devising even harsher policies aimed to deter those fleeing war and persecution from entering Australian waters. These…