Western Morality and Ethics:
Philosophers on Moral Law

The Old Testament era sacred writings are the most widely recognized 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, based on the soul's experiences. 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 ethical 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 you can be assured that your God-given mind will never be closed to Truth.

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