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Prelim Week 1 Basic Assumptions on Christian Morality Formation in Morality is at the forefront of the development of the faith of a Christian. To live a moral life entails that Christians conform to the life and teachings of Jesus. However, for them to live a moral life, it is crucial that they understand what morality is and to unlearn all sorts of misconceptions. For a clear understanding of morality, one is able to ascertain what action is appropriate and necessary for a certain circumstance. With this, the concept of morality must be very clear to the human person since this will be his/her very guide for his/her day to day living. Before going to the unique or specified Christian sources of morality this lesson will first present the basic concepts on how Christians arrived with their different general moral norms so that we will be able to connect the different concepts or norms of morality laid for the human person. The Descriptive title of our course is Christian Morality in Our Times. First and foremost, we have to ask what is Morality? Basically, Morality is connected with norms. So, the next step is to ask if what is a norm? Norm is a fundamental concept in the social sciences. It is commonly defined as rules or standards that are socially enforced. In the ancient times, when there were no formal social structures such as government and the Church; or when the different religions were not yet as organized as they are now, norms often come in the forms of customs, rituals, and traditions . This was so since people would easily follow these standards if it becomes part of their life-styles until it becomes part of their way of living. In the Philippine context, respecting one’s parents would be taught by saying “po” or “opo” to them, or by the practice of “pagmamano”. Norms would only come in the forms of rules, regulations, or technically called law when society became more socially organized in their government systems. When different societies mature or develop, their moral standards would also become more organized, more so when they realized how important is the laying out of the rules to govern human actions for the sustenance of the peace and order in society which will pave the way for more social progress and further developments. So, what is “Morality” in a more technical definition? Morality is a science that deals with the “quality” (goodness or badness) of human acts/actions. “science” generally means a field of study. So, Morality will judge whether a certain act or action is good or bad. How does morality judge human acts/actions? Morality needs basis/bases which are the rules or standards or technically called Law. In general, these rules or standards or laws are called Norms .

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