In the essay “Morality and Religion” by Iris Murdoch, as the title suggests, Murdoch explores the relationship between being moral and religion's role in creating morality. She uses an inductive approach to explore the concept without actually making an argument about the two concepts. Rather, she seeks to explore how the two are interconnected. In keeping with the ideas of your research paper, which require that you define what comprises a functioning society and free will of the individual in relationship to that, answer the following question from your text about Murdoch’s essay: Murdoch implies at the end of paragraph 3 that certain political complexities suggest there might be a need to have “clear rigid rules” of behavior in order to establish morality. She implies that even clerics are viewing contemporary moral standards as flexible, perhaps alterable in some circumstances. How do you feel? Should morality follow the “rules” approach of the Ten Commandments? Or is there a more flexible, “realistic” alternative? Explain.
In "Morality and Religion," Iris Murdoch guides us to an answer to the question of a rigid rule-based morality versus a more "flexible" realistic alternative. To her, the ideal upbringing indoctrinates a child in religious "axioms" such as the Ten Commandments while also teaching a sense of humor. This way the adult will have both internalized the strict moral precepts necessary for an orderly life along with the flexible character traits that allow for applying morality realistically.
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