By Victor Lee Austin

Christian ethics is a so much confusing topic. This advisor takes the reader in the course of the so much basic concerns surrounding the query of Ethics from a Christian standpoint: Is ethics a significant subject of discourse and will there be this kind of factor as a moral argument or moral persuasion? what's the that means of the adjective in "Christian Ethics"? may possibly correct habit be assorted for Christians than it really is for others? do we flip to the Bible for aid? Does the Bible let us know what to do, or supply us perception into the great we should always objective to accomplish, or supply us a story during which to dwell? Is it most sensible to think about ethics as an issue of accountability, or strong, or excellence? If we take the advantage line and say that ethics is ready human excellence, doing good as a person or succeeding at being a superb person then what's going to we are saying approximately people who can't in achieving excellence? The advantage method leads us to put friendship because the aim of ethics.

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Jesus ends that story with a question: who proved himself a neighbor to the man on the road? The answer, of course, is the one who helped him. And the question of “neighbor” resonates broadly. 1 What does this mean for “you,” a Christian walking past this sprawled character on the sidewalk? It means that your response is shaped, positively or negatively, by the Christian story of which you are a part. To put it another way, it means that what you do can be explained (at least in part) by reference to the Christian narrative that has shaped your character.

The Christian narrative is given to us by the Bible; it is in the Bible that we find the Christian narrative. But Christian narrative ethics takes a particular approach to the Bible. For Christian narrative ethics, the Bible is not a rule-book. Clearly the Bible contains rules. There are, famously, ten commandments (Exod. 2-17; Deut. 6-21). And many more than ten: a lot of the Old Testament bubbles over with commands. “Your lamb shall be without blemish,” for instance, is part of the What ’s Christian about Christian Ethics?

Cooper here gives us 17 substantial excerpts of about 15 pages each from Plato to Stevenson, including Eastern writers such as Mencius. He also includes Aquinas, Butler, and Kierkegaard. With his introductions, the breadth of this work serves well for college students and teachers alike. Papal encyclicals can be found on the Vatican’s website, www. va. The reader may wish to take a look at John Paul II’s 1998 encyclical Fides et Ratio (mentioned above in this chapter), in which John Paul develops some of his characteristic personalist themes: the relationship of faith and reason, the necessity of both, and the church’s concern for the whole human being.

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