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Critically Analyze religion as a source of ethical guidance.

Topic:  laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;

6. Critically Analyze religion as a source of ethical guidance. (150 words)

Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about religion where it can serve as a source of ethical guidance and its limitations.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Write about how various religions across the world lead to developmental of religious ethics.

Body:

Ethics is a general idea or belief that influences people’s behavior and attitudes as well as their views about what is right or wrong. Religion is driven by the various belief systems and this commands what an individual does. Many individuals and communities have been and continue to be led or influenced by the statutes and precepts of their religious groups to act in a certain way, decision or course of life. Cite examples from major religions across the world.

Religion does have a role to play in developing a sense of ethics, but it is rather limited. This is because religions tend not to emphasize the role of critical and independent thinking which is important in developing a sense of ethical responsibility. What religions tend to do is to give a list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ that the faithful’s need to follow. But it does not provide much explanation as to why these rules should be followed. Cite examples from major religions across the world.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced view of religion as the source of ethical guidance.