ETHC445 Week 2 Assignment: Religion and Ethics

Review the following ethical dilemmas:

  1. John Doe has decided to clone himself. He is sterile. He cannot find anyone to marry him. He wishes to have children. He knows that he will not be able to love a child that is adopted or not connected directly to him biologically. He will be making use of a new procedure that involves taking his skin cells to produce a twin. The twin starts out as an embryo and grows into a child. The child in this case will have the same genetic information as John Doe. John Doe and his child will be twins.
  2. Jane Doe is eighteen. For as long as she can remember she has been sexually attracted to other females. Her parents belong to a religion that has a religious text stating that God forbids one to be a lesbian. This religion goes on further to say that lesbians will be punished in the afterlife. Jane Doe is debating whether she should tell her parents about her sexual attraction. She has not yet decided if she should come out to her parents and live as a lesbian now that she is a legal adult.
  3. Joe and Mary are a couple. Before becoming sterile, they had a child. This child died of a rare disease. Joe and Mary miss their child terribly. They have heard that there is a new IVF procedure that can ensure that they can have another child. However, their religion forbids using IVF.
    Use the resources assigned for this week and additional research,

Select two of the situations above and then address 2 of the following:

  1. What is the relation between ethics and religion? Formulate and investigate the relation.
  2. For each case, determine the ethical path of conduct. Then, determine what paths of conduct would be unethical
  3. For each case, what would an emotivism say to appraise what you determine is the ethical form of conduct?
  4. For each case, would a natural law ethicist agree with what you say is the ethical form of conduct? Why or why not?
  5. Articulate, explain, and evaluate in each case an approach that makes use of divine command ethics.


For this assignment, I choose to discuss the second and last scenarios. Ethical dilemmas are rather interesting and can be solved using various approaches. The most common approaches include natural law, divine command theory, cultural relativism, and subjective moral relativism. As there is no universal ethical standard, there are always conflicts among the listed approaches on how best to solve an ethical dilemma.

Relationship between Religion and Ethics

To most people, religion is believed to be the core of morality. This conception implies that there can be no morality without religion (Iwuagwu, 2018). That is, a religious person is a moral person, and one cannot be a moral person without being religious. Dostoevsky once that was it not for God’s existence, all would be permitted (Iwuagwu, 2018). The relationship between religion and morality has attracted a lot of debate. Scholars such as Plato have made numerous attempts to explore this relationship. Socrates, unlike Dostoevsky, believed that the gods favor goodness because it is good and not the common notion that goodness is good simply because the gods favor it (Iwuagwu, 2018). The two arguments….Please click the icon to purchase the full answer at only $10