Topic: laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;
6. Do you think religion can be a source of ethical guidance? Justify with examples. (150 words)
Difficulty level: Tough
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Abstract Thursdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the extent to which religion can serve as the source of ethical guidance.
Justify – When you are asked to justify, you must pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence. You must appraise the worth of the statement in question using suitable case studies or/ and examples.
Structure of the answer:
Write about how various religions across the world lead to developmental of religious ethics.
Write how religious belief systems commands what an individual does. Many individuals and communities have been and continue to be led or influenced by the statutes and precepts of their religious groups to act in a certain way, decision or course of life. Cite examples from major religions across the world.
Religion does have a role to play in developing a sense of ethics, but it is rather limited. What religions tend to do is to give a list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ that the faithful’s need to follow. But it does not provide much explanation as to why these rules should be followed. Cite examples from major religions across the world.
Conclude with a balanced view of religion as the source of ethical guidance.