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Does Morality Inhibit Freedom?

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

    St. Thomas Aquinas gave primacy to the natural reason as formative in our free choices—the use of reason ordered to truth, and the will ordered to the good, uniting to make a choice.

    “Jesus didn’t come to give us a bunch of rules.” Perhaps you have heard this kind of complaint. Some people seem to think that expressing a clearly defined morality is locking them up in some kind of invisible prison that is constricting their freedom. They may equate moral standards with self-righteous hypocrisy. They don’t want to be “moral machines” following a “hard cold legalism.”

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  2. _Shannon_

    _Shannon_ Guest

    well..it depends....if natural law is written on our hearts, then I think I need an argument for externally imposed morality doing anything other than curtailing one's freedom, unless that externally imposed morality is lock step with that natural law.