Essay about Kantian Ethics And Christian Ethics

1671 Words Nov 11th, 2014 7 Pages
Kantian Ethics and Christian Ethics Immanuel Kant the founder of the "Categorical Imperative" (CI) argues that morality is based on standards of rationality. Therefore, to act in disaccord with the CI is to act irrationally or immorally. In comparison to Christianity, to act immorally is to act in disagreement with God 's laws. Kant 's CI is formulated in three different ways, which include: The Universal Law Formulation, The Humanity or End in Itself Formulation, and The Kingdom of Ends Formulation (Stanford). The first two formulas combine to create the final formulation. Christianity closely relates to each formula, except for the final formulation. Christianity provides context where following the CI will not result in moral behavior. There are two factors missing from Kant 's CI: faith and God 's judgment. The Universal Law of Formulation is described as " Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time wills that it should be a universal law of nature" (Kantian Ethics). In simpler terms, act in a way which everyone would act in a similar situation. Let us compare maxims to commandments. Maxims are rules or principles in which you act, versus a commandment is a divine rule, which you follow. The difference is minimum, but the context is similar. The first law corresponds to one of the greatest commandments in God 's law. In Matthew 22:36-2240, Jesus tells us "Though shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (King James). The similarity between the two is…

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