Originally Posted by Enayla
Oh, and yes, let's keep religion out of the discussion. I can see how this is difficult considering the topic of choice, but things tend to get a bit too much heated, don't you think?
Given that for so many people, religion is the basis for their morality, I think it might be hard, if not impossible to keep religion out of a discussion on issues of morality.
I think the question of morality in art is a pretty big mouthful.
a) Morality is driven by belief systems, which are widely diverse.
b) Morality can be manifest in many many ways - from overt messages ex: morality plays, to subtle morality which almost creeps into the work, without the authors consent (whether the author is of a book, film, painting - whatever)
c) Viewers will be more than happy to project their own morality onto a work - either as a pretext to condem the artwork, or to advance their own beliefs, through the artwork.