Q&A: What are some good books on practical ethics?

Question by Conrad: What are some good books on practical ethics?
I’m trying to teach my kids to live good, ethical lives, but they each believe in different religious and non-religious traditions (we adopted them from a number of different countries).

I’m looking for a book that gives some good, solid arguments for why someone should live a good, ethical life.

Because of their diversity of beliefs, none of the usual arguments work (e.g., “virtue is its own reward”, or “do good because it feels good” or the popular religious argument, “be good or have a bad afterlife”).

They just practice ‘selective ethics’, where they’re good when it’s in their own best interests, and their bad when they feel like the benefits outweigh the costs.

So I’d really like to find a book that gives some good, logical arguments for having ethics. I want my kids to be good all the time, not just when it is to their advantage. Thanks for any help you can give

Best answer:

Answer by dude
Practical Ethics by Peter Singer, very good book.

Just so you know, their behavior is partly governed by genetics and partly by environment, so dont think that reading books will make them want to be ethical. There are PLENTY of people who surround themselves with ethical people and the lifestyle and still take meth while having sex with prostitutes. Not that that hurts anyone else, but there you are.

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What is a non-religious argument to ban gay marriage?

Question by TrainerMan: What is a non-religious argument to ban gay marriage?
I can understand someone who has a certain religious belief not agreeing with gay marriage, and I respect that. However, what is a non–religious reason? Heterosexuals have a 50% divorce rate, there is no evidence that shows adopted children of homosexuals turn out any differently (and are usually straight as adults), and most gay couples actually wind up giving more to charity than heterosexual couples.

I’m straight, but I’m just looking to see if there’s a NON-RELIGIOUS reason to support a gay marriage ban.

Religious diatribes will be ingnored, and I ask all of you to please thumbs down those who answer with religious answers, because this is NOT what this question is about. Thanks!

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Answer by IslandGuy
I think there is none!

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why are extreme feminists always the example?

Question by mystery meat: why are extreme feminists always the example?
and why are moderate feminists never given credit for gains made over the last half century?

i’ve not heard anyone scorn christians over the radical beliefs of say david koresh.
justfekindoit, this forum is brimming with moderate feminists and for the record i’m sure there’s nothing inviting about your nuts :)

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Answer by mutterhals
Well, who would be a moderate feminist?

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Why did YHVH allow moon/sun worship to go on and not reveal himself sooner?

Question by Kitteh-n-Da Red Hoodz: Why did YHVH allow moon/sun worship to go on and not reveal himself sooner?
Yes,i know He revealed Himself to Adam and Eve,but why allow moon/sun worship(it’s in the bible and historically a fact)why would He let those people think that the moon or sun was a god,why wouldn’t He let them know the Creator-they didn’t know any better and they needed a meaning to life-or am i missing something in the bible?Baal worship was in existence when Abraham was first mentioned.

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Answer by joe b
God is just and true. Every man will prove himself out whether Christian or not. This is the verdict, every man will hear the voice of Jesus Christ while alive or dead. Those who hear His voice are His sheep while the remainder are as goats, stubborn and blind. All are without excuse. No matter who, when, how or where you are or of any peculiar circumstance all will be afforded the oppurtunity to either accept Jesus Christ or reject Him.

John 5:24
“I(Jesus speaking) tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28″Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. 30By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

Romans 2
14 Indeed, when Gentiles(non Jews), who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15 since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them. 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

John 10:14
“I(Jesus speaking) am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.

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