Aspects of Religion

Religious Ethics around the world

Ethics and morals aren't just for the dinner table!

People's ethics can change all around the world. Different groups of people can have different rules, conduct or a philosophy relating to their moral principles. Religious groups are particularly well known for having this certain view on how a person from a particular religion should act to honer their believed supreme being or their culture.

Did you know!?

Some of those who follow Buddhism are actually vegetarian, although this is not a requirement within all variations of the religion. Those who are vegetarian due to beliefs believe that Buddha wanted them to refrain from eating meat and fish.

What are Ethics? Does that mean I can't flick peas at my brother when we're eating?

The most important thing to understand is exactly what Ethics are and what they mean. Ethics (Greek: ethos): The systematic study of what constitutes good and bad (or right and wrong) human conduct, including related action and values.

Simply put, ethics refer to a code of conduct. A person’s ethics describes the reasons that stand behind that person’s moral actions. Ethics, therefore, involve the systematic and methodical (developed according to an established form of procedure) justification or warrant for moral action and behavior. In other words, ethics are the reasons why a person does what they do. (And no, you can't flick peas while you're at the table!)

The why's and the what's

When speaking about ethics we also have to include morals, because the two go hand-in-hand. Morals (Latin: moralis): The individual or specific actions of a person within a moral context, including attitudes and motives. Ethics provide the reasons why a person does what they do (a code), and morals are what the person actually does (actions or behavior).

Dining rules around the world! (Not really)

Lets explore some religious guides around the globe!

Ethics in Catholicism

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Some Ethics associated with the Catholic faith include:

Attend Mass every Sunday and other days such as Christmas, Easter etc

Go to confession annually if not more often or when needed

Receive Communion during Easter or as often as possible

Observe laws on fasting and abstinence: one full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good

Friday; not eating meat on Fridays during Lent

Obey the marriage laws of the ChurchSupport the Church financially and otherwise

Did you know?!

It's very rare for a Pope to resign, but on the 28 February 2013 85 year old (on the effective date of his retirement) Pope Benedict of the Roman Catholic Church was the first pope resign since since 1415. To fill the place of Pope, Pope Francis come along to offer his knowledge.

Pope Benedict Resigned

Thursday, Feb. 28th 2013 at 8pm

The Vatican, Rome, Italy

Personal requirements in the Catholic faith

In order to fully embrace the Catholic faith one is expected to live a life of prayer. It is expected that one knows the faith, because it is hard to believe something when little is known about it. This means learning about and participating in all aspects of Catholicism.

Did you know?!

The rules for fasting and abstinence in the Catholic Church are set forth in the Code of Canon Law (for the Roman Catholic Church) and in the Code of Canons of Oriental Churches (for the Eastern Catholic Churches). According to the Code of Canon Law, every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and all items including meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 60 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Ethics in Buddhism

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Some who are Buddhist choose to become a Monk (technically referred to Bhikkhu for a male or Bhikkhuni for a female). When translated these both basically mean 'beggar'. A monk lives by a certain code of conduct called the Patimokkha.

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Interesting Ethical and Moral principles of Buddhist Monks include:

In order to join a monastery boys have to shave their heads and their facial hair as well as sign that they are willing to put aside vanity.

The five things that a monk can own are:

Sandals for their feet, a needle and thread for making their robes, a string of beads, a razor and an umbrella.

The rules (also called the Vinaya) are:

Do not overeat

Do not sing or dance

Do not wear jewellery or perfume

Do not sleep in a high or broad bed

Do not handle money

Did you know!?

Buddhist Monks wear robes not for the uniformed look they provide but because Monks dress in the cheapest clothing they can find (which is the cloth used for their robes) to protect from the elements rather than appeal for style. They make their own robes out of donated pieces of cloth. The colours vary because depending on an large area's most accessible colour of cloth is, that is the cheapest colour available at a point in time. Whatever the most accessible and therefore cheapest colour is, then that is the colour that many of the Monk's robes will be made out of, hence the uniformed appearance.
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