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The Historical Development of Fundamental Moral Theology in

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Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament (NY: HarperRow, 1996), p. 209: A recent discussion of the use of Scripture in ethics reorganizes Gustafson’s ideas but says little new on this point. It must, therefore, be confused neither with the ascetic ethic of world-denying religions nor with the prudential morality of naturalism, designed to guide good people to success and happiness in this world. It is Micah's vision of no more war, where swords are beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.
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Telling Truths in Church: Scandal, Flesh, and Christian

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Such a position is not correct, though I also do not think it is correct simply to write off Nehemiah’s action as an extraordinary instance of positive law. 1. In this diversity, feminist ethics shares in the complexity of ethical considerations that is characteristic of life and thought in the late twentieth century. Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web. This possibility is, however, not an inevitability. Historically, virtue theory is one of the oldest normative traditions in Western philosophy, having its roots in ancient Greek civilization.
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The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and

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This awareness of difference has made Christian sexual mores less self-evident, more questionable, and has even led to a relativism which sees Christian sexual ethics merely as one option, no better and no worse than any other. Lovin achieves a balance between the questions and issues which form the core of the study of ethics and the life situations from which those questions arise. The attempt to treat satisfactorily one side of the antinomy tends to work a corresponding injustice upon the other. (Christian Personal Ethics, p. 162).
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Animal Theology

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Catechism of the Catholic Church (London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1994), Part 3, Section 2. An individual Christian may believe that the standard of evidence and argument required for them to support a war is higher than the standard of evidence that national leaders may require to go to war. This is not a reductive ethic, looking at individual acts, but covers a wide field, and she suggests there are fields where we have never applied sexual justice. The sense of sin is a sense of finiteness before the infinite, a feeling in which the metaphysical emphasis imperils the ethical connotation.
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The Principles of Moral and Christian Philosophy:

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Even without considering miscegenation an absolute sin, I can support such laws as a curb on undesirable behavior, just as I might support regulation of gambling or certain drugs, even though neither are inherently sinful, as it does not forbid something God commands nor does it command something God forbids. In order to be blameless children of God in a crooked and depraved generation, we must do everything without complaining or arguing (Philippians 2:14). Especially because I have always understood my work as an ethicist to be in service to the church, I have avoided extensive methodological tangles whenever I can.
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Bonhoeffer the Assassin?: Challenging the Myth, Recovering

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The sources of ethics are partly man's own experience and partly the principles and truths proposed by other philosophical disciplines ( logic and mataphysics). The New Testament Scripture ought to be found where the Holy Spirit commands the Christian to engage in war, if one claims divine authority for such a course. Faithful ministry brings God’s power to bear in this world, and God promises increase. Religion and the Culture Wars: Dispatches from the Front.
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Through Faith to Understanding

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Repentance is thus the gateway into the Kingdom of God. Moses permitted divorce “because of the hardness of our hearts”, but it was not so “from the beginning” because in marriage a man becomes “one flesh” with his wife, making marriage indissoluble (Mt. 19:3-5). As Veritatis Splendor puts it, 'It is the judgment which applies to a concrete situation the rational conviction that one must love and do good and avoid evil' (VS, n. 59). So maybe searching for the original meaning of a text, or the intent of its author, is too narrow in scope; perhaps a hermeneutic with a broader interpretive framework is needed to truly understand the meaning of a text.
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Sanctified Schizophrenia

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Many Christians teach that the Decalogue was spoken by God himself, written in stone, the major expression of the moral law, based on the unchanging character of God and therefore permament.4 Many teach that Christians should keep the Ten Commandments — yet often the same teachers say that the Sabbath command is changed or obsolete. Proportionalists claim that doing a 'bad' action out of love makes an action morally good but not morally right. The conception of evil in religion is more complex than either of these.
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Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: History, Method,

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I just don’t understand why Christian researchers somehow feel compelled to be secretive, sloppy, or cavalier in research. Biblical ethics require that Scripture be interpreted; such interpretation must be careful and complete. For, humanity is of one kind; all humankind is one species, with shared basic values, feelings, hopes, and desires. No Christian can ever lose his identity before God, His responsibilities cannot be shifted to another, especially when he volunteers to be used by another.
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The Nature of Our Humanity: The Ethics of Genetics and

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Creation provides the setting for doing God’s will. By analyzing the structure of communication (using speech-act theory developed in analytic philosophy) he lays out a procedure that will rationally justify norms, though he does not claim to know what norms a society will adopt by using this procedure. It is also due to the fact that men are tempted to protest against their finiteness by seeking to make themselves infinite. How many raped children are worth that pragmatic, incremental collapse?
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