In this short article, Howard P. Kainz, professor emeritus at Marquette University, discusses the development of conscience in the West, and how conscience acts when confronted with moral evils, and how western conscience can and has given rise to moral evils.
Kainz is the author of several books, including Natural Law: An Introduction and Re-examination (2004), and The Philosophy of Human Nature (2008).
We often hear complaints about the degradation of morality in the contemporary world, as compared with past eras. This may or may not be true. But if we focus on the development of conscience , and particularly in the Western World, which has been affected (even in “post-Christian” regions) by Judeo-Christian values—a definite, gradual improvement is discernible, at least in certain areas.