Asked in Religion & SpiritualityEthics and Morality
What is the relation between ethics and religion?
May 31, 2010 1:24AM
Most religions have an ethical component, often derived from purported supernatural revelation or guidance. Ethics, which is a major branch of philosophy, encompasses right conduct and good life. It is significantly broader than the common conception of analyzing right and wrong. A central aspect of ethics is "the good life", the life worth living or life that is simply satisfying, which is held by many philosophers to be more important than traditional moral conduct.
Non-religious people take responsibility for their own ethics and conduct, with no additional help from church or temple. That they are able to achieve the same standards of ethics as most religious people, means that in practice there is no real relationship between ethics and religion.