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Should ethics or morals be taught from an authoritative source or should one's ethical beliefs be based strictly on reason and experience?

Who has the stronger moral fiber--a believer in an authoritative text about morals or one who has derived his moral principles rationally and independently?

Should ethical issues be taught and discussed in primary and secondary schools?

How should the subject of ethics be approached in the schools?

In the next couple of weeks, I will submit some additional questions and perhaps refine the ones above.  If you have questions you would like to consider on the 18th, please send them to me and I will forward them to everyone.




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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the great discussion today!
    As there was a fair amount of attention paid to sociopathic behaviors, I thought I would recommend an excellent book by Martha Stout, PhD called, "The Sociopath Next Door". She estimates as much as four percent of the population is sociopathic (unable to feel empathy for others) and investigates how this can enable people to be successful or unsuccessful because of these characteristics.

    June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good meeting. I don't know if this has been discussed in the past or not, but I think the subject of the relativity of morals is interesting. Christians want to believe morals are absolute, but of course they are not. Read enough history and study foreign cultures and you see much morality is relative to a time and culture. This upsets the bejesus out of Christians, but that's their problem.

    June 19, 2014

  • cole m.

    Loved the meetup as always. All the people are fun. So much talked about. So much to think about. Maybe we can think about how to change the world to become better, faster. Something to pray about? Or something to do?

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Dan

    Good mtg! Good discussion. Interesting group. A lot of bias, but recognized by the guilty parties, including me!

    June 18, 2014

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