Attitudes, Ideals and God
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I. In the previous chapter, the conception of a realm of universal values or ideals as the exemplary patterns of human possibilities was developed as the metaphysical implicate of moral objectivism. This conception may be further articulated by an examination of another major characteristic of theistic morality which I shall call its attitudinal character. What I mean to imply by this term will, I hope, become clear in the course of the exposition; briefly, it is meant to signify that theistic morality is concerned with the realization of a certain sort of character and attitude rather than with external observance of moral rules, or even with the obedience to moral rules for their own sake. It is concerned with what a man must become in himself rather than with what specific acts he must do. And it is sharply contrasted with any moral view which maintains that it does not matter what sort of person one is as long as one does what is right-one's duty.