In Morality, Autonomy, and God, acclaimed philosopher-theologian Keith Ward argues a strong controversial thesis: that morality is not autonomous, and that theistic morality is deeply rational and of critical importance, especially in modern societies. Referring in detail to contemporary work in moral philosophy, especially where it impinges on religious beliefs, Ward defends the view that certain conceptions of morality depend, in important ways, upon the belief in God. But Ward is careful to argue that the idea of God defended is not necessarily or exclusively Christian. Only in the final chapter does he specifically address problems of morality and Christian doctrine.
Academic and rigorous in its approach, and written with characteristic verve, Morality, Autonomy, and God is a significant contribution to the field of moral philosophy and the current debate about the link between religion and morality is today’s world.
About the author
Professor Keith Ward is a Fellow of the British Academy, and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, and is one of Britain’s foremost writers on comparative theology and Christian issues.
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