Morality, Religious and Secular: The Dilemma of the Traditional Conscience

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This book analyzes the moral confusion of contemporary society, relating rival conceptions of morality with a wide variety of views about the nature and predicament of man. Mitchell argues that many secular thinkers possess a traditional Christian conscience which they find hard to defend in
terms of an entirely secular world-view, but which is more in line with a Christian understanding of man.

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Contents

Our Contemporary Moral Confusion
1
Rational Humanism
17
Romantic Humanism
30
Liberal Humanism
47
Two Secular Critics of Humanist Ethics
64
The Dilemma of the Traditional Conscience
79
Transition to a Religious Ethic Morality and Worldviews
93
The Theological Frontier of Ethics
107
the Sanctity of Life
122
Religion Scepticism and the Demands of Autonomy
138
Conclusion
157
Index
165
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Basil Mitchell is at Oriel College, Oxford (Emeritus).

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