PHI 492 Applied Ethics

PHI 492 Applied Ethics - Ashlen Lockwood Percesepe PHI 492...

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Ashlen Lockwood Percesepe PHI 492 9 April 2017 Applied Ethics 1-2. Comment on the meaning of the "Turning the other cheek" idea Christ develops in his Sermon on the Mount. How would you apply this idea nowadays? How did Gandhi and MLK apply it. From the Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament, is a phrase from Jesus that states: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” This quote from Matthew is basically explaining the phrase “eye for an eye.” It is the basis for nonviolent protest. Gandhi as well as MLK applied this practice to their protest. The first time Gandhi practiced this was in 1906. After years of protest, Gandhi received a compromise from the government that destroyed an existing poll tax on Indian citizens, as well as the recognition of Indian weddings. This was his way of turning the cheek on violent protests. MLK practicing nonviolent protest is very well-known across our country. He brought himself and other Africans together in the civil rights movement, in the attempt to create equal rights for African Americans. He did not get violent. All his speeches and protests were peaceful speeches and protests. He also turned his cheek on violence. MLK didn’t find it necessary to be violent when protesting because all you were doing was voicing your opinion. The result of this was the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was the beginning of equal treatment of all individuals, regardless of color, ethnicity, or gender. Therefore, what Gandhi and MLK did, still has an effect on what we are doing today. The fact that this is being talked about, means that the effect was strong enough to have enough meaning. 3-4. Describe the main points of Gandhi's philosophy from the readings in your textbook. (20 points) Some main points of Gandhi’s philosophy include but are not limited to: Oneness of Religion- Gandhi taught that all faiths come from the same ultimate, as well as eternal religion. This should create unity and peace of all religious beliefs. He believed that this would not only create unity, but equality, also.
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