By Philip Stratton-Lake
Moral intuitionists think that there's an irreducible plurality of simple ethical rules, that those rules are self-evident, and that rightness and goodness are indefinable homes that can not be understood in fully naturalistic phrases. during this assortment, prime ethical philosophers reflect on how those perspectives are to be understood, and what implications they've got for our knowing of morality.
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Joseph and His Brothers (Genesis 42–44): Joseph is Egypt’s Governor of Land. His brothers appear before him, but do not recognize him. They feel great emotional distress and shame when Joseph tells them of their imminent meeting with their brother Joseph, whom the brothers think they murdered. Witnessing his brothers’ distress arouses Joseph’s sense of mercy, especially after seeing his youngest brother Benjamin, and he goes to his chamber to weep. ‘Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep.
Moreover, the Catholic effort to present compassionate love as part of the ‘natural religion’ and as rationally derived from understanding God was rejected in the wake of the antirationalism tendency of the leaders of the Reformation. This change in approach combined with the Reformation leaders’ and their successors’ understanding of Jesus’ command of neighborly love as guidance vis-à-vis reciprocal responsibility amongst human beings and social commitment based on individual choice,6 to form a model under which compassion is not necessarily a function of infusion or divine grace.
It is therefore possible that human beings – especially those who believe in Jesus, embrace him, and ‘let him into their hearts’ – can be compassionate and that compassion is their personal trait. This is no longer the distant, one-way, and one-sided divine compassion of the Old Testament stories, but rather a compassion that is manifest in the lives of human beings and, at least theoretically, can perhaps be considered a human quality. The history of Christian thought, however, is more complex than this analysis would suggest.