A Consistency Challenge for Moral and Religious Beliefs

Teaching Philosophy 32 (2):127-151 (2009)
What should individuals do when their firmly held moral beliefs are prima facie inconsistent with their religious beliefs? In this article we outline several ways of posing such consistency challenges and offer a detailed taxonomy of the various responses available to someone facing a consistency challenge of this sort. Throughout the paper, our concerns are primarily pedagogical: how best to pose consistency challenges in the classroom, how to stimulate discussion of the various responses to them, and how to relate such consistency challenges to larger issues, such as whether Scripture is, in general, a reliable guide to truth.
Keywords education  pedagogy  consistency  moral belief  religious belief
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DOI 10.5840/teachphil200932215
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