dictates of conscience

the dictates of conscience

cliché The directives or guiding principles of one's own moral values. Several high-ranking officials have broken rank with the senator on the controversial issue, claiming they felt compelled to follow the dictates of conscience. We must always be informed by the dictates of conscience when creating new policies.
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dictates of conscience

The guiding principles of what one believes is right. The word “dictate” has been so used, for the authoritative words of law, scripture, and the like, since the late sixteenth century. In 1656 Archbishop John Bramhall wrote, “Contrarie to the dictate of his conscience.”
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Strong wind, earthquake-shock, and fire may pass by: but I shall follow the guiding of that still small voice which interprets the dictates of conscience.'
By contrast, Vischer proposed that conscience be seen as "relational conscience" which is "the notion that the dictates of conscience are defined, articulated and lived out in relationship with others" (p.
Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government.
Although the HHS civil rights office has traditionally received few complaints alleging conscience violations, HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan painted a picture of clinicians under government coercion to violate the dictates of conscience.
For the next 14 months, relieved of the strictures of politics, I will be guided only by the dictates of conscience.
In like manner it says of non-Christians, "Those also can attain salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the gospel of Christ or his Church, yet sincerely seek God, and moved by grace, strive by their deeds to do his will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does divine providence deny the help necessary for salvation to those who without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God, but who strive to live a good life, thanks to his grace" (LG 16).
If the international community and United Nations Security Council follow the dictates of conscience in all reason and fairness, it should call for a concerted action on the international forum, discuss it proactively and look for a solution to the problem.
(38) Mason also included specific text regarding religious freedom: "that all Men shou'd enjoy the fullest Toleration in the Exercise of Religion, according to the Dictates of Conscience." (39)
"Fire War" is a suspenseful, gripping and unnerving examination of the paradoxes of power, the price of liberty, and the dictates of conscience. The world you live in will never look the same again.
In 2015 the war between local and foreign, between chefauteurs and business conglomerates, between the dictates of conscience to eat local and support what's homegrown and the dazzle of designer food, will play out in earnest.
* That courts exercising equity powers should not force a defendant to comply with the dictates of conscience as to matters outside the strict rules of law if the plaintiff is not going to comply with them
Bill of Rights [section] 7 ("The right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience shall never be infringed; nor shall any control of or interference with the rights of conscience be permitted....").
He believed that ordinary human beings acting according to the dictates of conscience were not sufficient safeguards for the survival of the human species, and suggested that human breeding should be directed according to scientific principles (ethically applied, of course).
Good Faith: The Universal Commercial Code (UCC) defines good faith as "honesty in fact in the conduct or transaction concerned" The law generally interprets good faith to also mean fair dealing, or the avoidance of unconscionable acts, which is defined as "contrary to the dictates of conscience; unscrupulous or unprincipled" "the taking of an unfair bargaining position," and "exceeding that which is reasonable."
I believe that we need to recapture the relational dimension of conscience--i.e., the notion that the dictates of conscience are defined, articulated, and lived out in relationship with others.