Running Head: RELIGION, MORALITY, AND WORLDVIEW IN PUBLIC POLICY
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Role of Religion, Morality, and Worldview in the Creation of Public Policy
John Adams said it best when he said “we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." The following paper will discuss the role of religion, morality and worldview on the creation of public policy. The creation of public policy is essential to the success of one’s government.
What is religion? Religion is “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” (Religion, 2012) Basically, one’s religion is the set of beliefs which that person feels encompasses his or her beliefs regarding the powers of the universe and religious practices.
Morality “refers to a code of conduct that applies to all who can understand it and can govern their behavior by it. In the normative sense, morality should never be overridden, that is, no one should ever violate a moral prohibition or requirement for non-moral considerations.” (The Definition of Morality, 2011) One should adhere to his or her set of morals and beliefs at all time. There are times when these morals may be tested but all rational people should stick to their morals and endorse their moral conduct code.
One’s worldview is that person’s perspective on how he or she sees and interprets the world and the set of beliefs about “life and the universe held by an individual or a group.” (Worldview, 2012) Although,...
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