Kierkegaard: Ethical Responsibility Contains a Religious Core

Analyze Søren Kierkegaard’s statement that ethical responsibility contains a religious core.

Describe what Kierkegaard means by this religious core and, providing examples from our world today, state whether you agree or disagree with his assessment of the consequences that can arise from its denial. While Kant contends that morality depends only upon rational knowledge, Kierkegaard disagrees and argues that moral decision-making must also involve passion and a leap of faith. Outline the positions of both Kant and Kierkegaard and state whether you agree with one or the other. Outline Kierkegaard’s account of the relationship between religion and ethics.