Morality and Relgion - Irish Murdoch Essay
-She claims this essay is moral philosophy and feels she must clarify whether her philosophy is religious or not.
-She discusses how some believe religion really must be “breathed in” during childhood (taught to children by their parents); otherwise, adults may feel they are just faking it—but, Murdoch notes, those who are religious when younger will have a hard time giving it up as adults. pg. 733, para 2: Virtue (doing right) is the most obvious connection between morality and religion. -Seeking virtue has lost popularity, and …show more content…
-Murdoch analyzes Kierkegaard’s categories for different kinds of people, and she concludes that the aesthetic man (lover of sensation, beauty, and emotion) and the religious man both share a private nature, which is a dangerous similarity because the two men/categories may be confused for one another.
-Murdoch addresses the topic of guilt, which Kierkegaard often wrote about, and writes that forgiveness and freedom from sin and guilt is a very attractive aspect of religion that keeps many people religious. pg. 739, para 6 (con’t): Because guilt is such a painful feeling that people want to be rid of, people believe that God must exist—they need relief so badly. Religion rescues people from guilt. -The Christian idea of being made a new person after being freed from sin and being given salvation is often connected to literal and spiritual places, like a church and