Kantian Galatians 3:28-29, human beings are supposed to

Kantian ethics, or duty ethics, revolve around the idea that there are universal objective laws that should not ever be violated. If one has a decision they must always follow these moral staples and refrain from doing anything that disagrees with them. In some ways, I believe this to be well centered in a Christian viewpoint. God has set out universal and mandatory laws that men are to follow. These truths set the boundaries that human choice must fall within. As the bible illustrates in Galatians 3:28-29, human beings are supposed to be equal to God. James 2:2-9 takes it a step further and specifies that any unequal treatment to men is a violation of God’s law. This universal law specifies that all people have equal rights and should be treated with the same respect. This view is at the very root of duty ethics.Immanuel Kant was a believer and as such would base his ethical foundation in a way that was compatible with his faith. While he believed that duty ethics were the universal truth in how human beings should base their actions, he did not believe that God was the first foundation of these beliefs. He believed that the ideas of wrong and right were part of our nature even before experience. Some may attribute this to the “golden rule” and while that may have a direct relation to our natural conscience the Bible specifies that rule as the one that summarizes all the others laws God has for us. Matthew 7:12 sets the basis for all of Christian thinking and at the same time, parallels the ideas of duty ethics and the natural rights of people.Most worldviews hold a moral standard that encompasses duty ethics in some way. Christianity is just one, while very obvious, example of a culture that holds both laws and respect near the center of its ideas. Romans 13:1-3 tells us that the expectations to uphold lawful behavior not only apply to our respect of biblical law but also empirical law. All Christians have the same requirement to follow the laws set forth by the nations in which they live and to be respectful. This idea sets a place for duty ethics and Christian morality to coexist. There are laws that must be followed, and they are not limited to the laws set forth for us in the bible. While Kant may have viewed these laws as universal, it should be obvious that they often parallel on mutual respect and equal treatment as both the governing law and God set forth for us.