Ethics and Morality

A frequent theme in my posts is that of ethics and morality.  I am especially interested in the intersections between social and ritual morality.  Of no less importance to me is the role that social-biological evolution plays in the formation of ethical norms.

The Other-Abled as a Sacrament of Our Humanity
Viewing human weakness (demonstrated in the other-abled or "disabled") as a way to appropriately sacralize our interdependence on one another and to better embrace our body-selves.

God of Discontinuity
The "image of God" theme in the Bible promotes ethical systems based on human-nature dichotomies.

In seeking to define fundamentalist religious demographics, I outline the role of arbitrary moral standards.  Here I seek to define arbitrary morality and outline a number of the negative consequences of arbitrary morality.

Why Polyamory: A Personal Reflection
My personal thoughts on why I feel polyamory is a compelling relationship model for me. 

The question in this link is meant to be a measure of one’s sense of arbitrary morality, and it holds potential to be effective in the context of Judeo-Christian-Islamic fundamentalism.

Partner Swapping in the Pentateuch
A brief introduction to the Pentateuch's treatment of women as male property leading into a discussion of the moral-ethical ambiguity of the Bible

American Christians claim that the Bible is the source of their moral standards; however, when presented with biblical moral and ethical norms, time and time again they allow culture and experience to change or altar their approach to the Bible.

Here I dismantle several common creationist claims about how accepting evolution promotes bad morals.  I also express how arbitrary and indecisive the Bible is as a moral guidebook.

Killing in the Name of the the Wrong God
An example of arbitrary morality in the Bible in this case related to the genocide the children of Israel were supposedly commanded to commit before entering the Promised Land.

What role does fear have in one’s ethical formation?  How does fear prevent the moral maturity and altruism?

This post explores the role of “in-group” ethics and how they mar social ethics for those outside of one’s boundary lines.

In this post I illustrate the inconsistencies between Messianic Jewish-Christian treatment of the Pentateuch as Torah.  One the one hand most “Messianics” or “sabbatarian Christians” will uphold the text of the Pentateuch as authoritative in matters that allow them the upper hand, but then are hypocritically dismissive of passages that they deem outmoded or arbitrary.  If only they would see how arbitrary morality is in the Pentateuch.