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3rd Essay Religious Studies Term 2

Nurulkamilah Matkamil Micheal Agnew March 6th 2012 1078 words
Question: With reference to the section “Ethics” in the textbook, discuss the meaning of the phrase “ethical monotheism.” Can there be unethical monotheism? Can there be ethics independent of religion?


            Morality is one of the many facets of human nature that sets human beings apart from other creatures on earth. Is morality innate, or must it be nurtured from imposing a set of ethics on a society? According to the teachings of the three Abrahamic traditions, ethics is essential to the foundation of morality.
            Islam, Judaism and Christianity are three religious traditions of ethical monotheism.  Monotheism is the belief in one God who has the attributes of being omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient and omnibenevolent (Carter). The aspect of God being omnibenevolent implicates that all things good come from God, including ethics, which leads to the belief that humans are dependent on these ethics set forth by G…