Religion and Morality

  • D. Z. Phillips

Part of the Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (CSPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Religion as Infantile

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Raimond Gaita
      Pages 3-38
  3. Morality and Divine Commands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Robert Merrihew Adams
      Pages 59-80
    3. Clark A. Kucheman
      Pages 81-103
  4. The Problem of Evil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Marilyn McCORD Adams
      Pages 107-131
    3. Rowan Williams
      Pages 132-148
  5. Religion and Moral Relativism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
  6. Buddhism and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. John V. Canfield
      Pages 191-211
  7. Atheism, Morality and Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. R. W. Beardsmore
      Pages 235-249
  8. Voices in Dicussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. D. Z. Phillips
      Pages 301-349
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 351-355

About this book


Reflection on religion inevitably involves consideration of its relation to morality. When great evil is done to human beings, we may feel that something absolute has been violated. Can that sense, which is related to gratitude for existence, be expressed without religious concepts? Can we express central religious concerns, such as losing the self, while abandoning any religious metaphysic? Is moral obligation itself dependent on divine commands if it is to be objective, or is morality not only independent of religion, but its accuser if God is said to allow horrendous evils? In any case, what happens to the absolute claims of religion in what is, undeniably, a morally pluralistic world? These are the central questions discussed by philosophers of religion and moral philosophers in this collection. They do so in ways which bring new aspects to bear on these traditional issues.


ethics god morality philosophy religion

Editors and affiliations

  • D. Z. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy of Religion Claremont Graduate SchoolUniversity of WalesSwanseaUK

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