Moral Injunctions : Not For Murder Or Steal

989 WordsOct 12, 20144 Pages
Religion has always been bound up with questions of justice and injustice. Across traditions, ethical injunctions – not to murder or steal, for example – are not simply directed at individuals, but also at a larger social and political community. Within religious traditions, the just and unjust is usually and ultimately for a single God or gods to determine; however, from their origins, those traditions have typically inflected the concept of justice within the context of the family, clan, tribe, or city. With the rise of the nation state, the context of the problem shifted, but many core principles remain valid. As states and societies become more integrated through globalization, questions of justice take on a more transitional dimension. Issues of genocide, ethnic cleansing, corruption, and the oppression of women and minorities challenge religious communities to rework – and reapply – established ethical principles in a new global context. Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. The most common, (one of the most common) yet the most horrifying, displays of social injustices upon religions are genocides. During the 20th century, there have been many mass murders of people groups. Most were motivated to a significant degree by religious beliefs. A genocide that had a global effect was Adolf Hitler and the Nazi’s organized extermination of about 11 million people including 6 million

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