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The Athens of Socrates and Plato was glorious, but extraordinarily short-lived. By now, by contrast, Christianity has survived for two millennia, Judaism for four. The Judaeo-Christian ethic is not the only way of being moral; but it is the only system that has endured. If we lose the Judaeo-Christian ethic, we will lose the greatest system ever devised for building a society on personal virtue and covenantal responsibility, on righteousness and humility, forgiveness and love.

From Times Online
February 27, 2010
Credo: Why the Ancient Greeks were wrong about morality
The Judaeo-Christian ethic is not the only way of being moral; but it is the only system that has endured
Jonathan Sacks

Do you have to be religious to be moral? Was Dostoevsky right when he said that if God does not exist, all is permitted? Clearly the answer is “no”. You don’t have to be religious to fight for justice, practise compassion, care about the poor and homeless or jump into the sea to save a drowning child. My doctoral supervisor, the late Sir Bernard Williams, was a committed atheist. He was also one of the most reflective writers on morality in our time. (altro…)

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Società – Individui insofferenti delle regole, istituzioni ormai incapaci di garantire un’ etica pubblica. E si indeboliscono i valori laici
Crisi del reato e ritorno del peccato
Più moralismo politico e meno legalità: così rischiamo un nuovo fondamentalismo

N on è esercizio inutile quello di cogliere il nesso fra tre vicende di etica pubblica che hanno occupato le cronache più recenti: il disconoscimento elettorale del furente moralismo antiberlusconiano; le arroventate polemiche sul lassismo della Chiesa nei confronti dei preti pedofili; e il rifiuto della pillola abortiva da parte di alcuni presidenti regionali in potenziale rivincita vandeana contro scienza e modernità. Sono vicende che indubbiamente hanno valenze delicate e non transeunti; e che meritano adeguata e impegnativa riflessione. Per aprirla, in toni forse semplificatori, non è del tutto azzardato partire dalla constatazione di una inattesa novità: la caduta verticale del «reato» come principale concetto di riferimento nella regolazione dei comportamenti individuali e della convivenza collettiva. (altro…)

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The next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality; and especially on sexual morality. And it is coming, not from a few Socialists surviving from the Fabian Society, but from the living exultant energy of the rich resolved to enjoy themselves at last, with neither Popery nor Puritanism nor Socialism to hold them back… The roots of the new heresy, God knows, are as deep as nature itself, whose flower is the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye and the pride of life. I say that the man who cannot see this cannot see the signs of the times; cannot see even the skysigns in the street that are the new sort of signs in heaven. The madness of tomorrow is not in Moscow but much more in Manhattan – but most of what was in Broadway is already in Piccadilly.
[GKC, G. K.’s Weekly, June 19, 1926; quoted in Maycock, The Man Who Was Orthodox, 123]

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