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  • Thinking Ethics was a project launched in Geneva to foster the debate about ethics. A few friends, fed up with only reading about abuses in the media, decided to hold a forward-looking seminar on five subjects: ethics and performance, ethics and knowledge, ethics and consciousness, ethics and disobedience and ethics in real time. If moral has to do with right and wrong, then ethics is its application in society. We believe that people need to talk about the subject to determine the level of ethics they want. The book Thinking Ethics, a result of the seminar, is to start the discussion. This blog is a contribution to the conversation.


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  • Pascal Marmier
  • Kelly Richdale
  • Stephen Whittle
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June 15, 2005


opal gibson

I want to learn integrity if it can be taught. I am a christian and I want to please God.


Hi,i admire your goal. you say you would like to please god well for that to take place you must first find out what displeases god.other wise you wont be able to keep your integrity..
As we have been given free will, the choices we make in our daily lives are a reflection of our integrity,integrity is the aspect by which God views our real feelings for him.and his Son..and not just by saying we love him. hope this is helpfull,Les

Graham Yates

This brings up an interesting question: Does God have emotions? If we assume that God can be pleased and displeased, then he has both positive (or, at least what we view as positive) and negative emotions.
Do we then then have to accept that God is capable of anger? Certainly the Old Testament tells us so. And what about jealousy? envy? desire? In fact, is God subject to all the human emotions? Does he have the capacity for lust even?
Or do we, in order to prevent us making ourselves feel too uncomfortable, arbitrarily limit 'God's emotions'? Anger is acceptable in a God but not lust?
It seems to me that we either have to accept God as devoid of all human emotion and hence an "unthinking" entity. Or he is subject to the full range of human emotions we are all so familiar with and therefore as frail and faulty as we are and therefore not really what is normally recognised as a God

Or have I missed something? I'm happy for clarification.


I found what you wrote very interesting and I had to think about that for a moment. I came to the conclusion that lust is an emotion we (humans) feel for something we want and do not own. Everything here on earth is God's, therefor why would he lust for anything? He already has it. That would be like someone lusting over their own child. He is the Almighty God. Not an unthinking entity nor frail or faulty.
Hope this helps you.

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