Ethics

10 Checkpoints - A Call to Hold Church Leaders Accountable

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It 'extends as far as extends the deposit of divine revelation, which must be religiously guarded and faithfully expounded' (L(7, n. 25). 63 Joseph Selling One must carefully distinguish various degrees of connection with revelation before one can assign any level of authority to a given statement of the magisterium. Where a concept in narrative form may be described dispassionately, in poetry it may well be expressed emotively.

The War and the Churches

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This human-centric view of life, along with the prominence of utilitarian thinking and the ability to measure time precisely, has contributed to an unhelpful focus on hours, minutes and seconds. Last March 10, Belgian MP Marc Tarabella tabled a non-legislative report on “progress on equality between women and men in the European Union in 2013,” which again invoked “ready access to contraception and abortion.” But secularist enthusiasm was once again crushed on learning that it had been amended to include the principle of subsidiarity.

Blessings: Reflections on the Beatitudes

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He also rightly pointed out that a naked public square was inherently undemocratic, disenfranchising the vast majority of Americans who did not voluntarily submit to a values tracheotomy, while leaving an ever-shrinking “society” of a minority to pretend that its little echo chamber was the “public consensus.” Neuhaus looked at the big picture. Allen Verhey, The Great Reversal: Ethics and the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1984), pp. 187-196. 3.

The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love, to

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By employing a superior sample, a combination of useful religion measures, a more fine-grained analysis of different religious groups in America, we uncover significant religious influences in the business sphere that previous studies have not observed. How can the statement, "God cannot be unjust," cohere with the statement that "the demands of justice are subordinated to the desires of mercy"?

The Harmony of Goodness: Mutuality and Moral Living

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Many contemporary Protestants see in Scripture the description of the mighty acts of God in history to which followers of Jesus must respond, and they consequently adopt a responsibility model of Christian ethics rather than a deontological approach. Jer. 51:48). justice according to His own edict. Utilitarianism is also criticised for placing expediency before principle. The contextualist approach would hold that no true ethical dilemmas exist.

Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 1996 (Annual Of

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Thus man has an innate dignity because we are creatures of God. The main line of the religious argument against euthanasia and assisted suicide is as follows. The question is whether and in what sense Christian ethics may address this matter satisfactorily. This provision also rules out wanton destruction and atrocities against civilians. (2) The means used must be in proportion to the ends in view. For those who disagree with Bahn­sen’s position—well, the ball is in their court; they must come up with an answer.

The Nonviolent God

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What implication does this have for you in the future in thinking through ethical issues? 2. We are most ourselves not when we seek to direct and control our destiny but when we recognize and admit that our life is grounded in and sustained by God.” Whatever autonomous choices we make, therefore, must remain consistent with the fact that we do not belong to ourselves, but to God. Either it has to deny the reality of moral conflict or it has to accept the charge of being an incoherent system.

Everything Happens for a Reason?: God's Purposes in a World

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The general synods of the United Church of Christ have regarded human embryos as due great respect, but they have not regarded embryos as the equivalent of a person (Cole-Turner, 1997). However significantly religious considerations shape Christian moral consciousness, it remains that the source of the moral claim is something that is distinguishable from such considerations. And it is this battle of Titans that our nurses and governesses try to compose with their lullaby song of Heaven."10 These supposedly profound words, which pretentiously offer a clue to the meaning of "the evolution of culture" throw little light on the actual human situation.

We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry

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Its modern correlate is the quest for "the good life" through self-realization. Commandments, even those involving the death penalty, do not always require execution; but could be “satisfied” or ransomed in other ways under some circumstances (Numbers 35:31, etc.). The morally mature person must be able to perceive, choose, and identify oneself with what one does. Critics, and especially, utilitarians, build their arguments on the idea that people have rights consisting of the ways they should not be treated, and these rights should not be violated.

The Upside-Down Kingdom

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Of course, the claim and its justification could also be extended by consideration of other passages like the mention of superior freedom in Christ with its dramatic contrast between the “works of the flesh” and the “fruit of the spirit” (Galations 5:1, 19-26). Those who marry do so as people called by God to express the truth of the story of God's redemption in Jesus Christ in a particular way, by bringing into life new people whom God may also call to be a part of the ongoing story of the people of Jesus.