Philosophers on Moral Law: Our Moral and Ethical Foundation

The Old Testament era sacred writings are the best known basis of Western ethics and morality. Yet, to this we must add the distillation of the ancient philosophers on moral law. By combining the logical-intellectual philosophers with the mystics' emotional and devotional approach, we can more clearly discern the roots of our sometimes paradoxical belief system.

As we study the scanty historical records of the philosophers' lives, beliefs and teachings, we find that the search for meaning in life has always led man to examine the nature of morality as an essential element in how we interact with the universe. We know that an objective standard of conduct does exist.

We know that an objective standard of conduct
does exist.

We call this standard the moral imperative, which is our personal compulsion to right action, arising from the voice of conscience or the sense of right and wrong, which varies from soul to soul. This soul influence has led the honorable leaders of every civilization to establish an ethical standard of conduct and behavior, a moral compass.

Whenever and wherever evil, hedonism and moral relativism have subverted our moral and etjhical standards, the result is decadence and decline in that culture. Plato wrote of this issue in the Protagoras dialogue. The dilution of ethical standards by the cancer of moral relativism always greases the slide into immorality, and mob rule, posing as democracy, and barbarism results.

To see the proofs of this, witness the final decadence and fall of the Greek democracies; witness the decline and fall of the Roman Republic into demagoguery and dissipation; witness the slide of Europe and the Christian West into the brutality of the Dark Ages. Finally, view the rising tide of moral relativism and secular humanism in the Western cultures and nations, and understand that the barbarism of unenlightenment stands at our gates today.

We invite you to explore the thoughts and contributions of the Masters of Philosophy that we have assembled here. It is only the barest minimum to start, but if we spark the interest of a single soul to grow and know more, we shall have succeeded in our intent.

We include references to provide a reading guide, and have recommended texts for more in-depth study of these great minds and avenues of interest. Never, never, never cease to learn, and your God-given mind will never be closed to Truth.

The Evolution of Human Thought: This lecture series is one of many that Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd and Dr. Edna Lister shared and taught during their active partnership in the Society of the Healing Christ. It serves as an introduction and commentary on the philosophers whose works we have highlighted as seminal to Western and Christian thinking.
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The Seven Sages of Greece were famous for their pithy insights, wisdom reduced to what we call "one-liners" or "memes." Of the seven, only Thales of Miletus was a mathematician, whom Aristotle called the first philosopher. The others were politicians, masters of the art of human dialogue. All of them are fascinating.
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Pythagoras of Samos stands in a class all his own. Often described as the first "pure mathematician," his philosophy was grounded in the beauty of numerical logic. He considered the subjects of goodness and justice to be his personal business, and spent much time pondering and teaching them with his mathematical research.
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Socrates (coming soon)

Plato (coming soon)

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Aristotle (coming soon)

Plotinus (coming soon)

Kant (coming soon)

Recommended Reading:

Readings In Ancient Greek Philosophy:
From Thales To Aristotle

Plato Complete Works

The Complete Works of Aristotle

Plotinus: The Enneads

An essay on the beautiful.
From the Greek of Plotinus.

Kant's Critiques:
The Critique of Pure Reason,
The Critique of Practical Reason,
The Critique of Judgement

Kant: On The Metaphysics
of Morals and Ethics

Kant: Religion within the Boundaries of
Mere Reason: And Other Writings

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