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1. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 28 > Issue: 1
Preface
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selected essays
2. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 28 > Issue: 1
Joyce S. Shin Accommodating the Other's Conscience: Saint Paul's Approach to Religious Tolerance
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Religious tolerance is a sociopolitical necessity. Social and political pressures alone cannot be expected to nurture a genuine attitude of religious tolerance; in the West, secular and religious documents rely on the concept of conscience for this nurture. In this essay I ask what claims people make on each other as they attempt to live in accordance with what they believe to be true and good. To answer this question, I examine the Pauline concept of conscience and argue that Paul interpreted conscience through an ethic and theology of accommodation.
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Jan M. Jans Just a Piece of Cloth?: The European Debate on "the Islamic Headscarf" as a Case Study and Paradigm for an Emergent Intercultural Ethics
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The point of departure for this essay is a fourfold classification emerging from the European debate on the religious and ethical significance of the so-called Islamic headscarf, also known as hijab. Plurality promises a positive engagement in mapping multiculturalism toward intercultural dialogue and understanding. With a paradigm of an emergent intercultural ethics, the public leadership assumed by women in this debate testifies to the creativity by which imposed patterns of behavior are turned into strategies of resistance and liberation.
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Daniel E. Lee Human Rights and the Ethics of Investment in China
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According to various reports, human rights violations in China include the detention of activists, forced abortions and sterilizations, and the repression of religious and spiritual groups, among others. Yet foreign direct investment in China is growing rapidly, as is outsourcing to Chinese producers. By adapting the Sullivan Principles (drafted for operations in South African before the end of apartheid) to China, this essay maps out ethical guidelines for U.S. companies operating in China.
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Barbara Hilkert Andolsen Essential Goods for AIDS Widows: Property, Including Intellectual Property, in Catholic Social Teachings
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Intellectual property rights present an increasingly important challenge to social ethicists. An analysis of ethical issues raised by TRIPS—the international agreement protecting intellectual property rights—can illuminate an insufficiently acknowledged shift in Catholic thought about property rights. Vatican statements on AIDS drugs are one example of how intellectual property policies can be held accountable to the "option for the poor" and the common good.
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Wm. Carter Aikin Narrative Icon and Linguistic Idol: Reexamining the Narrative Turn in Theological Ethics
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Narrative theology views the truths of scripture through an iconographic lens to indicate God's intimate involvement in human life. However, when narrative theology becomes "narrative theological ethics," the transformative power of narrative about God receives more emphasis than the power of God itself. Narrative theology quickly moves toward linguistic idolatry when God's grace is valued merely as an important facet of a powerful narrative rather than as the foundation of Christian moral action.
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Peter Browning Moral Discernment and Mainline Protestantism: Toward a Collaborative Christian Ethic
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This essay explores the efforts toward moral discernment within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and supports the recommendations of its Task Force on Peace, Purity, and Unity of the Church while suggesting areas of improvement. Relying on the South African theologian John de Gruchy and research in conflict resolution, the benefits of a discernment model attentive to truth telling, repentance, restorative justice, and collaborative ministry are many. Discernment moves ethical discourse out of parliamentary and juridical frameworks toward a model that may help fragmented church communities find common ground.
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John D. Carlson Is There a Christian Realist Theory of War and Peace?: Reinhold Niebuhr and Just War Thought
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Just war's engagement with pacifism has shaped the discourse of war within and beyond Christian ethics. Less attention has been given to Christian realism's relationship to just war thought or to the possibilities such a dialogue might disclose. This essay examines certain features of the Christian realist Reinhold Niebuhr's moral, theological, and political thought to consider the promise of a Christian realist theory of justifiable war.
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Scott R. Paeth "Dirty Hands" Revisited: Morality, Torture, and Abu Ghraib
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This essay considers the morality of torture in light of Michael Walzer's argument in "Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands." Walzer argues that, under certain conditions, actions such as torture may be politically necessary but should never be given moral justification. This argument is analyzed in light of the question of responsibility in Christian ethics and in light of current U.S. policies on torture.
10. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 28 > Issue: 1
Cristina L. H. Traina Captivating Illusions: Sexual Abuse and the Ordering of Love
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Adults typically take pleasure in the physical dimension of caring for children. Confusingly, much recent theology either condemns adults' physical enjoyment of children as exploitive or accepts it (in maternal care of infants) without comment. A convincing, unifying theological moral argument is needed to yoke the two instincts systematically. Although this essay acknowledges sexual abuse's harmful effects on children, its focus is the ordering of adult desire and behavior. Beginning from the premise that all human love is erotic—hoping in, if not expecting, pleasurable reciprocity—I draw upon the work of Wendy Farley and Linda Holler to argue that healthy human love for children combines desires for the other with unpossessive delight, attunement, and realistic responsiveness. I examine the documented examples of female abuse of children and the example of male abuse in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita to demonstrate the usefulness of this discussion for an analysis of Western accounts of abuse, and I suggest that the approach may be illuminating in other cultures.
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Toby L. Schonfeld Messages from the Margins: Lessons from Feminist Bioethics
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This essay refutes the charge of relativism levied against religious approaches to bioethics by using Jewish bioethics as a case study. I demonstrate how an approach to ethics that includes particular spiritualities need not be essentialist but can better respect a patient's values, goals, and priorities. Recognizing the value of listening to silenced voices and showing how the identification of a nonhomogenous group can yield important insights for ethics, feminist approaches have paved the way for a reintroduction of religious approaches to mainstream ethical discourse.
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Elliot N. Dorff, David Novak, Aaron L. Mackler Homosexuality: A Case Study in Jewish Ethics
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book reviews
13. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 28 > Issue: 1
Karey Harwood Medical Care at the End of Life: A Catholic Perspective; Jewish Ethics and the Care of End-of-Life Patients: A Collection of Rabbinical, Bioethical, Philosophical, and Juristic Opinions; Health and Human Flourishing: Religion, Medicine, and Moral Anthropology
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Peter Browning After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness
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Andrew Flescher War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand?; Torture: Religious Ethics and National Security
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Pamela K. Brubaker Sustainable Diplomacy: Ecology, Religion and Ethics in Muslim—Christian Relations
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Paul E. Capetz A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology
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Jeffrey P. Greenman Theological Fragments: Explorations in Unsystematic Theology
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Jeph Holloway The Discourse of Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs
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James P. Gubbins Freedom and Tradition in Hegel: Reconsidering Anthropology, Ethics, and Religion
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