The Controversy Of Religious Ethicists

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Religious ethicists have had a difficult time with discussing issues in regards to moral and political concern. One area of great concern is issues that arise within religious traditions. An example of a concerning issue that challenges religious ethicists is violence that is justified using Islamic sources. Two individuals that share their ideas on this concern are John Kelsay and Irene Oh. While both have their own reasons that they discuss, I will be discussing examples from Oh and the sorts of religious reasons that she uses. Following that, I will discuss how I would assess the reasoning given by Oh in said examples by referring to the proposal Stout makes about decision making and how all sides and views should be heard before a…show more content…
And third, an audience ensures that the memory of the martyr remains alive through history by the repetition of the martyr narrative (Oh 66). Oh continues on by explaining how the traditions of martyrs is documented: “… documented in the Qur’an (including hadith, sunna, and shari’a), various cultural narratives and ritual celebrations, as well as present-day communities mired in conflict” (Oh 66). These characteristics together serve as a very strong example of a religious reason that ethicists are concerned with in regards to religious tradition. The Qur’an also contains many religious reasons. The Islamic tradition highly values the rules and traditions that have been set forth within the Qur’an. One of which is “Al-sharia” or Shari’a reasoning. Shari’a reasoning is the Islamic law that Muslims are to follow and live out. It is the “correct path” that all who belong to the Islamic faith should follow and live by, and when any concerns come about they should be evaluated using this reasoning. In regards to martyrdom, the Qur’an refers to the martyr as those who “fight in the way of Allah, kill and get killed” (Oh 66). The Qur’an describes martyrs as “chosen or selected by God among believers and as ‘yearning for death’” (Oh 67). Oh refers many times throughout the chapter to the Qur’an and what the Islamic law says in regards to martyrdom and self-sacrifice for Allah. Each of these verses that Oh references to throughout
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