Ethical Christianity

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Jesus said, “Resist not him that is evil…overcome evil with good…whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also…render not evil for evil…love your enemies.” If it be granted that Christians could defend themselves with carnal weapons (though it is not granted), still wars do not come in the class of individuals defending personal rights. According to his mythical symbolism, the world was created in order to serve as a battleground between the divine powers of good and evil, where good will ultimately be victorious.

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The Loyal Opposition: Struggling with the Church on

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Would one hour out of every seven be sufficient? He should depend upon the Holy Spirit for wisdom to do so. Churchgoing and Christian Ethics, New Studies in Christian Ethics 15. Discussions range from natural law and conflict of duties to detailed explorations of the Ten Commandments in connection with questions surrounding worship, the Sabbath, church and state, respect for life and truth, sexuality, and the relation of Christ to culture. We have embraced these values because of our faith in God, our love for Jesus Christ, and our love for you as our children.” Some pastors believe that their families must be perfect.

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O Lord, Move This Mountain: Racism & Christian Ethics

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Robert Cranston explains the ethical issues surrounding this new procedure. But man is destined, both by the imperfection of his knowledge and by his desire to overcome his finiteness, to make absolute claims for his partial and finite values. In such cases a negative form of the utilitarian principle applies: one should choose that course of action which will result in the least amount of evil. Moreover, if, again, utilitarians are consistent, they should take the malefactor's good into account, even though that person's good might, in the end, be sacrificed for the greater good of a greater number of people.

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Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War

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Social Responsibility can be manifested in 3 ways: (1) Social Concern: It is a moral (internal) concern with the injustice in the society, including poverty, discrimination, segregation, oppression. (2) Social Assistance: It is a moral (external) action in the form of social assistance or social service. Bailey Stoneking, Carole. " Receiving Communion: Euthanasia, Suicide and Letting Die ." The mythical symbols of transcendence in profound religion are easily corrupted into scientifically untrue statements of historic fact.

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Theology and Joy

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I did not mention this in the article, but for those who don’t know, your blog post explaining the distinctions within kinism (footnote #1) mentions this position as stronger kinism, a position distinct from strong kinism. The sense of sin is peculiarly the product of religious imagination, as the critics of religion quite rightly maintain. The Hellenistic and Roman periods saw a convergence of three great cultures: Greek, Roman, and Judeo-Christian.

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The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus

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Positive action to accelerate death, however, would amount to wresting the matter out of God's hands and taking it into your own. The formation of conscience The obligation to follow conscience presupposes that we have properly formed our conscience. It is quite popular in evangelical circles today to label this the "worldview" level. Fundamental to Catholic bioethics is a belief in the sanctity of life. The serpent, symbol of the principle of evil, in the story of the Fall does justice to the idea that human rebellion is not the first cause and source of evil in the world.

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The Politics of Practical Reason: Why Theological Ethics

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Almost to a man critics have either ignored or denounced the Book [Atlas Shrugged]. And who we are called to be is in Christ Jesus. 3. There is what one might call a Lou Dobbs syndrome: The spread of fear regarding the so-called “broken borders,” the possible proliferation of Third World epidemic diseases, and the alleged increase of criminal activities by undocumented immigrants. One frequently encounters—and in a particularly accentuated manner in the New Testament writings—directives and obligations relating to fraternal love and love of one’s neighbor which often refer to the conduct of the Son of God (e.g., Phil 2:6�; 2 Cor 8:2-9) alluding to the words of the Lord.

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Inquiring After God: Classic and Contemporary Readings

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Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics. Paul: in his First Letter to the Corinthians 3:8, he states that "every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour." And, just as the movement back and forth between my understanding of the text and what the text says results in progress in comprehension of the text, so the movement between what I do and my understanding of what I am or ought to be results in progress in character.

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Modern Just War Theory: A Guide to Research (Illuminations:

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In Russia, Lenin’s ideas carried the day and resembled the position of feminists all over the world: he considered abortion a matter of preventive medicine, to be counted among basic human rights. I pray that our ministries will be more effective and powerful, and that God will be glorified in the proclaiming of His Word, both in the message from God and the messenger who belongs to God. On the one hand, worldly standards of success too often replace spiritual evaluation.

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Angels, Worms, and Bogeys: The Christian Ethic of Pietism

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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to aspects and dimensions of the ecological crisis; to help them reflect theologically and ethically on ecological problems; to develop or enhance their particular faith tradition’s theoretical and practical engagement with ecological issues; and to formulate public policy possibilities and practical projects to address and seek to solve ecological problems.

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