The Influences of Religion, Morality, and Worldview on Public Policy

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The Influences of Religion, Morality, and Worldview on Public Policy Jassica Harris
Liberty University

There is much debate on the role of religion, morality, and worldview in the creation of public policy. Religion plays an indirect role in the development and implementation of public policy. But as moral teachers and the bearers of ethical traditions, religious communities can help to structure debate and illuminate relevant moral norms. They can help to develop and sustain political morality by promoting moral reasoning and by exemplifying values and behaviors that are conducive to human dignity (Amstutz, 2001). In my opinion morality and worldview has more of an influence on public policy than religion does. A worldview is a network of related presuppositions in terms of which every aspect of man’s knowledge and experience is interpreted and interrelated (Bahnsen, 1991). Most religions want their views taken into consideration when it comes to the creation of public policy. This is because every man has a personal ethic, all public laws are legislated ethics, and all ethics have a religious foundation. Religion doesn’t necessarily mean you worship a God. Rituals and holy days are not needed to be religious. Religion has to do with worldviews (admin, 2011). All public policies originate from a worldview and there are a lot of different worldviews that exist in government. A person's worldview clues him as to the nature, structure and origin of reality. It tells him what limits possibility. It involves a view of the nature, sources and limits of human knowledge. It includes fundamental convictions about right and wrong. One's worldview says something about who man is, his place in the universe, and the meaning of life, etc. Worldviews determine our acceptance and understanding of events in human experience, and thus they play the crucial role in our interpreting of evidence or in disputes over conflicting fundamental beliefs (Bahnsen, 1991)....
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