Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation

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Most importantly, Nielsen's admission that ethical claims can only be justified by one's "own deliberate decision" is again a denial of and a defiance of the most basic fact of human ethical experience: the unavoidable sense that one is obliged absolutely to an external, objective authority. Perhaps the greatest change in Protestantism came to the fore in the nineteenth-century dispute over a critical approach to Scripture. In a case whose irony is not lost on those involved, an article about publishing ethics has been retracted because one of the authors re-used... material he’d written for an earlier piece.

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Moral Choice

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Christian Ethics was quite an interesting and enjoyable read. This happiness cannot consist in external goods, but only in the activity proper to human nature - not indeed in such a lower activity of the vegetative and sensitive life as man possesses in common with plants and brutes, but in the highest and most perfect activity of his reason, which springs in turn from virtue. Many evangelicals prefer the term "abstinence" to "celibacy."

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Christians Among the Virtues: Theological Conversations with

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Moroney, " How Sin Affects Scholarship ," Christian Scholars Review XXVIII (Number 3 1999): 432-451. "Promise of genomics research needs a realistic view" by a UNC Panel CHAPEL HILL, N. Ethics is distinguished from the other natural sciences which deal with moral conduct of man, as jurisprudence and pedagogy, in this, that the latter do not ascend to first principles, but borrow their fundamental notions from ethics, and are therefore subordinate to it.

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Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the

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And in the questions I've been addressing, consistency becomes an essential virtue, for the measure of how successfully we have placed our guidelines is how well they allow us to navigate very different landscapes. Nursing codes struggle with the same problems that burden other professions: conflicting moral obligations (e.g., patient vs. family, self vs. others), ill-defined terms, and lack of clarity for managing moral dilemmas. Thus, as the second part of a previous quotation says, A native will give his best house and his evening meal to a guest, without the slightest thought that he is doing anything extraordinary (Dugald Campbell, section 6 above).

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Conjugial Love

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The student of Christian Science must therefore watch diligently that the freedom he is to gain through Christian Science is always safeguarded by its ethics. This would require the unsettling of personal and communal perceptions; this can only happen if critical theoretical tools that reveal the extent to which the dominant ideology permeates our thinking are embraced. I do not believe that the best ethical patterns discovered by which societies operate (honesty, fidelity, truth, no theft, no murder, etc.) are the product of our biological makeup or trial and error.

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The Law of Perfect Freedom: Rediscovering the Ten

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Organ transplantation is morally right, but this is because it contributes to and is in keeping with the created and saved dignity of the donor as well as that of the recipient. However, another four cardinal virtues were adapted by Aquinas that includes justice, courage, temperament and prudence. A third approach is to argue that the Sabbath command was moral and eternal in requiring people to rest one day each week, but ceremonial in specifying that it must be the seventh day.17 This approach may note the ethical value of requiring rest for servants and animals, but it admits that part of the Decalogue is ceremonial and temporary.18 Whether these arguments are valid or not, they all involve a change in the Sabbath command and therefore imply that the Decalogue is not an unchanging moral law.

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Holy Abortion? A Theological Critique of the Religious

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So Paley has done quite well, enough I think to show that a utilitarian approach can be reconciled to Christianity. He deals with property as the presupposition of his treatment of theft. The first prong of his argument is to dispel individualist interpretations of Christianity by means of the communal imagery of the New Testament and the proper interpretation of the Reformation principle of the priesthood of all believers (56-67). One has been the process of incorporation and amalgamation.

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Slouching towards Gaytheism: Christianity and Queer Survival

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Sexual intercourse is one of the most intimate forms of bodily behaviour. The Pharisees of Jesus' time were a religious and political party that insisted on very strict observance of Biblical laws on tithing, ritual purity and other matters. Johnson, Scripture and Discernment: Decision Making in the Church (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), pp. 40-44. Secularism, in other words, is just as much a religion as the confessions it seeks to exorcise.

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SCM Core Text Theological Ethics

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If one were concerned only with the greatest good of the greatest number and not with how the good is distributed, 2 one might be tempted to convict and punish a person known to be innocent or whose guilt was seriously in doubt. My next two “Christian Ethics 101” columns will focus on these and related questions. My father-in-law tells the story of a crash landing by a B-25 returning to England from a bombing run over Germany during World War II. Second, no one person in an entire lifetime can learn Greek and Hebrew, develop his own systematic theology, write commentaries on all the books of the Bible, and in essence develop a library on the Bible that is necessary to assure oneself and others that one's work is consistent with all that the Bible teaches.

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Church in Crisis: The Gay Controversy and the Anglican

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A possible conditioning seemed evident from all the conclusions of the research conducted up to that time. Biblical ethics finally rests within the conscience (self-government) of individuals. Brightman, as well as the later Personalists -- Albert C. Although the authority of the State comes immediately from God, the person who exercises it is not immediately designated by Him. Regarding Paul: notwithstanding those texts which speak of the paramountcy of love, he is quite capable of bringing to moral questions criteria which have nothing obviously to do with love (cf., e.g., 1 Cor 6:12-20; 1 Cor 7; Rom 13:1-7). 61 See pp. 8-9 above. 62 Richard B.

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