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Can There Be Morals Without Religion?

posted by hfields

For myself, I see ethics as easily separable from religion. Steve argues, if I’m understanding him aright, that we are accountable ultimately to God, and that that is the only true source of our morality and moral obligations. Without a supreme being, our actions are meaningless: ‘without moral weight’. If we are accidental, we have no need to concern ourselves with ethics.
I would argue, on the contrary, that our accountability to our fellow humans quite suffices to encourage our desire to behave in ways that ensure society functions properly. But more than that, I believe it’s in our nature as humans to want to do good (as well as bad).

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A Decade of Morals — Have Yours Changed?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

As the decade winds to an end, it’s natural for us all to look back at the years behind us. Last night I shared a drink with a friend and reminisced about Y2K. I thought back to the friends I […]

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Here’s To “Justice!” Harvard Moral Philosophy Class To Appear On PBS!

posted by hfields

Fascinating news! I just read that PBS will air a series based on an edited version of a wildly popular Harvard philosophy class on ethics and morality. The class, called “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” is the brainchild […]

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Do We Need The Ten Commandments To Lead Ethical Lives?

posted by hfields

I’d have to say… no.  I mean, I had to look them up to be sure I knew them all correctly (I didn’t), and I still consider myself a fairly ethical person. Heck, even some of our most outspoken bible-thumping […]

Readers: Help Us Define Ethics

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Ethics:1.    (philosophy) The study of principles relating to right and wrong conduct.2.    Morality.3.    The standards that govern the conduct of a person, especially a member of a profession. Hillary and I were chatting today about ethics. “So what else is […]

Moral Monday: The Savage’s Decision to Give Birth to the Wrong Baby

posted by Padmini Mangunta

When I first read the MSNBC headline, “Woman Implanted with Wrong Embryo to Give Birth”, I moved straight past it, thinking it sounded a bit too much like a supermarket tabloid to interest me. I’m glad I took a closer […]

The Act of Giving — Who Does It Best? Men or Women?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Three studies recently released brought a new twist to that age-old competition, man vs. woman–the question of generosity and charitable giving.The series of studies, published in the August 2009 Journal of Consumer Research, examined how men and women gave to […]

What-If Wednesday: Would You Stop A Crime?

posted by hfields

Thanks again are due to our Beliefnet Entertainment Editor for this one. She emailed me the other day with the following ethical dilemma. While shopping with her fiance, she saw a well-to-do woman with two preteen daughters ‘forget’ to pay […]

How NOT To Behave At A Funeral: Ryan O’Neal Hits On Daughter Tatum At Farrah Fawcett’s Grave

posted by hfields

Sometimes a headline says it all. Or at least enough of it to make you mildly ill. Apparently, Ryan O’Neal freely admits to having accidentally propositioned his own offspring, estranged daughter Tatum O’Neal, during Farrah Fawcett’s funeral. Yuck. So much […]

Moral Monday: Homeless Man Bequeaths Millions to Non-Profits

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Happy Moral Monday! This morning I wanted to share a story that warmed my heart when I read about it on NPR last week — a homeless man leaving millions to several non-profits, including NPR. When NPR’s Richard Siegel heard […]

Porn Star Wife: Awesome or a Breach of Ethics?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

“When you become a public figure you are held to a different level of scrutiny and ethics.” This was the response by Fort Myers’ councilman, Tom Babcock, when questioned about the firing of town manager Scott Janke — fired because […]

Athlete Pimps His Way to 2012 Olympics

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Should a legal brothel be allowed to fund a man’s bid for the 2012 Olympics? New Zealand’s Logan Campbell says yes. The Taekwondo athlete needs $300,000 to train his way to London, and by golly, he’ll do what he needs […]

Graverobbing in Chicago: Unethical? Yes. Disgusting? Also Yes.

posted by Padmini Mangunta

More from the “Everyone Knows This Is Unethical But Let’s Enjoy a Rare Moment of Unanimity” file. Or perhaps the “Who Does That?” file.  Apparently authorities in Chicago have been conducting an investigation into graverobbers at Burr Oak Cemetery over […]

Morality: Does It Come From the Heart or the Head?

posted by hfields

I came across an interesting argument today by way of a friend, who sent me a link to an article in Fast Company magazine. I thought I’d share it because it asks an important question: are we ethical for logical […]

An Ethical Update–It’s Working! I’m Blogging My Way To Becoming a Better Woman

posted by hfields

Guess what? After my post on my failure as a recycler, I actually began to do much, much better at recycling. I now manage to remember semi-regularly to bring a ‘green’ bag with me when I shop. And, after I […]

Thai Rath Publishes Carradine Hanging Photo, Sparks Outrage

posted by hfields

I haven’t blogged about the David Carradine story up ’til now, because, well, I thought it was somewhat unethical to dredge the actor’s death into the public spotlight more than it already was (if that were possible). I’m of the […]

When Does Bad Etiquette Become Immorality? On the Subway, of Course.

posted by hfields

I’m pleased to announce that Part II of our Underground Ethics “Subway Series” comes to you from our very first guest blogger: Beliefnet’s own Entertainment Editor, Dena Ross. I asked Dena to write a post for us because, well, Dena has […]

JD Salinger CATCHER IN THE RYE Sequel–Whether He Likes It Or Not?

posted by hfields

Word is spreading that reclusive author JD Salinger, author of the seminal book “The Catcher in the Rye,” filed suit in U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan yesterday over an anonymous author’s unauthorized so-called ‘sequel.’ The writer, going by the name […]

Is the Lottery Ethical?

posted by hfields

There’s a lot of chatter on the ‘net today about the lottery. Seems someone from South Dakota just won the Florida lottery, to the tune of 222 million dollars. Nice going.  I’m sure that unnamed person will suddenly have a […]

A Bernie Madoff Schadenfreude Story

posted by hfields

Schadenfreude-nounsatisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. I once had a boss so mean I woke up in dread each morning, and lay awake every night fearfully, fantasizing about what terrors lay ahead for me the next day. She […]

Pregnant At 66…?!?

posted by hfields

I was just watching this Diane Sawyer clip (see video embedded below) on ABC News about the 66-year-old British woman, Elizabeth Adeney, now 8 months pregnant and soon to become the UK’s oldest-ever mother. She’s a successful career woman who chose […]

Is It OK to Dabble (Respectfully) in Religion?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I recently fielded a call from my mother about my ring size. Though my immediate fear was that this might concern my still-unmarried status, it turns out she was more worried about my health. How does my ring size involve […]

Is Facebook Acting Ethically?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

The big question that caught my eye in the news recently regards Facebook’s ethical obligations. 13 countries have made Holocaust denial a crime. Personally, no matter how abhorrent I find the blatant dismissal of the Holocaust, I can’t stand behind […]

Manners or Me First? A Tale of Ethics and the Native New Yorker

posted by hfields

By way of introduction, I’d like to share a little about myself. (I’d promise not to do it again, but I undoubtedly will.) I was raised by a family who assumed I’d always instinctively understand the difference between right and […]

How far would you go to get rich quick?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Standing in an especially long line at my bank yesterday, my wandering mind intersected at two points: my poor, beleaguered bank account (sob, tear) and the summer bank heist movie, Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Where did […]

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