chapter  7
18 Pages

‘TRUTH’ AND CHANGE: MORAL DISCOURSE AMONG PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS IN THE NETHERLANDS

WithTony Watling

This chapter aims to analyse the way in which morality, in this case religious morality, rather than being a set of static norms, can be seen as a fluid concept, capable of adapting to new developments while still providing guidelines and existential support for individuals in their negotiation of an increasingly diverse and complex world. The term ‘morality’ derives from the Latin moralis, meaning ‘custom’. It relates to the term ‘moral’, meaning pertaining to ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘good’ or ‘bad’ conduct, and means conforming to ‘moral principles’ regulating such conduct (usually associated with ‘religion’, or belief in a ‘God’ who defines ‘right’ and ‘wrong’) (Hawkins 1988: 543).