challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur


How to Modernize Religious Traditions

Moral autonomy and the rejection of divine command ethics are possible within the framework of a religious worldview.

Kant’s Struggle with Moral Autonomy and Free Speech

Kant’s position on moral autonomy does not fundamentally differ from that of Thomas Paine, but he put it far less bluntly than Paine did.

Religious Morality Is Infantile

Religious ethics is similar to the attitude of a child. It is too concerned with rules that are experienced as sacrosanct.

An Assessment of Divine Command Ethics

Divine command ethics has the reputation of being a stable basis for morality. Even among unbelievers this reputation is seldom contested.

Command Ethics or Divine Command Ethics?

The fact that Abraham could have made a different choice from the one he actually made does not exculpate the tradition itself.

Faith and Ethics: The Story of Jephtha

In an age of international religious terrorism divine command morality poses considerable problems for the maintenance of the political order.

Faith and Ethics: Abraham and Isaac

The story of Abraham obliges us to reconsider the relationship between faith and ethics. It also presents us with many theological questions.

Divine Command Theories

The divine command theory lies at the heart of the three major religions. Atheists are so much hated because they are supposed to be immoral.

“Who Are You to Tell Believers What to Believe?”

The ultimate goal in the process of trying to understand what people believe is to make fruitful communication possible.

Moral and Political Secularism

The critic must be able to place himself or herself over against the religious tradition. That presupposes what may be called moral autonomy.