At a time when all professions are under intense public scrutiny, mentioning religion and professional ethics together might bring to mind a series of well-publicized scandals, from tax evasion to sexual harassment, molestation, and pedophilia by priests, rabbis, and ministers. Such gross abuses of religious authority are widely condemned by the religious communities affected as well as by the general public. What is the proper role of religious commitments by individuals and groups in providing professional or profession-like services, especially within authority relationships? This chapter examines religion ethics and discusses Margaret P. Battin's Ethics in the Sanctuary. One might think that religious professions would be the one place where personal commitments would be fully appreciated. Yet, while Battin deserves much credit for establishing this new branch of applied ethics, her book manifests the same tendency to underappreciate personal commitments in professional life. Issues of faith, consent, and decency are also considered, along with science and religion, medicine and religion, and government service and religion.
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