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Liberalism And Religion Jun 2015

Liberalism And Religion

Steven H. Shiffrin

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The Reality Of Moral Imperatives In Liberal Religion, Howard Lesnick Feb 2013

The Reality Of Moral Imperatives In Liberal Religion, Howard Lesnick

howard lesnick

This paper uses a classic one-liner attributed to Dostoyoevski’s Ivan Karamozov, "Without God everything is permitted," to explore some differences between what I term traditional and liberal religion. The expansive connotations and implications of Ivan’s words are grounded in the historic association of wrongfulness and punishment, and in a reaction against the late modern challenge to the inexorability of that association, whether in liberal religion or in secular moral thought. The paper argues that, with its full import understood, Ivan’s claim begs critical questions of the meaning and source of compulsion and choice, and of knowledge and ...