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Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself$
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Lenn E. Goodman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328820.001.0001

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 Whose Commandment Is It?

 Whose Commandment Is It?

(p.31) 2 Whose Commandment Is It?
Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself

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How is ethics related to God? The two areas interpenetrate: We learn about God through our ethical understanding and about ethics through our understanding of God. The chapter locates seven areas where the idea of God can enhance our ethical thinking: (1) By imparting a positive content, going beyond mere formal obligations in favor of love, (2) by offering a foundation that makes ethical demands matters of inviolable principle, (3) by giving moral claims stability over time and (4) universality of perspective, (5) by elevating those claims beyond the minimal, (6) by giving ethics an inward orientation in conscience and conscientiousness, and (7) by imparting an outward orientation too, in the ideal of imitatio Dei. Religion does not add to morality by the sheer force of a divine imperative. Rather, what God asks of us is the recognition of desert: respect for being and love for one another.

Keywords:   Imitatio Dei, Love thy neighbor, ethics, divine commands, Mitzvot, God and ethics, Deserts

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