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Shifting Sands or Stumbling Blocks?: Ethical Foundations in a Pluralist Society

Mackinlay, Shane (2017) Shifting Sands or Stumbling Blocks?: Ethical Foundations in a Pluralist Society. Australasian Catholic Record, 94 (3). pp. 319-323. ISSN 0727-3215

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Abstract

In a context of pluralism and secularisation, does religion still have a contribution to make to debates on ethical and legal issues?
This article argues for the importance of foundational ethical principles such as human rights, and the contribution that can be made to these by religions, when pluralism and secularisation means churches cannot just dictate from on high. These fundamental principles are generally taken for granted, but are critical in issues such as euthanasia, climate change, domestic violence, the treatment of asylum seekers. Increasingly, influential governments and institutions are acting in ways that call these principles into question. With the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. President, it is more likely that we will be directly affected by such decisions.

Item Type: Published Articles
Additional Information: The article is adapted from a homily given for the Opening of the Legal Year at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne.
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: pluralism, secularisation, ethics, human rights
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220105 Legal Ethics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220305 Ethical Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 01:48
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2018 23:54
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2976

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