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In The Columbus Dispatch (10.14.2015) is an article that speaks of “faith groups hope to heal Earth.” The gist of this article was in the religious youths (regardless of their particular persuasions) making a contribution to the local community in cleaning a street in Columbus. Of course, there is a wisdom, virtue, and community positive in doing such a thing. What caught my attention was the moral imperative with which they operated. “Environmental concern is not a luxury. It is mandatory regardless of our faith, regardless of if we don’t even have a faith” (B-5). Later in the article this effort to clean the environment is called a “special duty.” There is some sort of “environmental ethics” that is in play, but nothing is identified to say exactly what the ethical points are that is to be followed, or even who set forth these ethical standards. This gets to the point I want to make. Some people speak of a “moral duty” to do something, but there is no identification of who has the moral authority that compels us to meet our “moral duty.” Thus, when someone says something along this line, be sure to ask that one who said as much “Whose the moral authority that compels us to do this?” It might very well be the case that this will open a door to speak about God. RT

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