University of Miami Through The Moral Maze and Luttio The Future of Religion Discussion

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Robert Kane Essay “Through The Moral Maze” and Luttio "The Future of Religion"

Robert Kane (make sure you cite the text when answering the following questions):

  • What does Kane describe as the two "consequences" of the Tower of Babel regarding conflicting views on morality? Can you relate to these ideas in your own life? How?
  • How does Kane use the story of C.S. Lewis’ “Perelandra” to depict the dilemma of “Loss of Moral Innocence?” Have you ever experienced this problem/dilemma in your own life? Can you give some examples?
  • What does Kane propose, in the end, as a way forward through the “moral maze” of our modern context? Explain his concept of “openness" and relate it to the last chapter of our textbook "Religion and Morality." What common theme/thread do you see?
  • Read and/or Listen to one of the "linked" podcasts/transcripts in the page "Examples of Life-Changing Constructive Dialog" in our module this week, and reflect on how this applies to our reading this week by Robert Kane applies.

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Question 1
Indeed, contemporary theorists use the image of the Tower of Babel to represent
ethics and values. However, most of them have contrasting views, perceptions, and
interpretations of most literature, including the Bible. Every being in the modern world is
prone to be affected by the pluralism of different standpoints and, consequently, challenge
personal beliefs. According to Kane (2015), the first ramification of the contemporary Tower
of Babel is the prevalent urge to adopt relativism. The perception entails believing that there
are no universal values that govern all human beings. Technically, the underlying argument is
that all people and societies can’t encounter the choice of good or bad simultaneously. In this
context, it’s impossible to implement universal judgment that could satisfy the perceptions of
It’s challenging for individuals to abandon cultural and historical standpoints and
adopt a universal perspective. Consequently, people pinpoint contrasting perceptions in
virtually all fields of studies. Reflective individuals, in particular, question the chances of
acknowledging belief in objective historical, cultural, psychological, and moral standards.
Contemporary intellectuals criticize the shift towards relativism and mobilize society to
reinstate the position of objective truth and value. Nonethele...

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