Relationship Between Religion And Morality Essay

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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 action and how other people look at it. If God commands what is good because it is good, then He only commands the good actions and doesn’t take blame for the bad actions. God could get all credit for the good deeds, but the bad go…

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