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symposium on the work of james m. gustafson
101. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
P. Travis Kroeker Theocentric Ethics and Policy
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102. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Anne E. Patrick Creative Fiction and Theological Ethics: The Contributions of James M. Gustafson
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103. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Elly Haney Where Do We Go from Here, or How Should White Christian Ethicists "Do" Ethics?
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historical studies
104. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
John R. Bowlin Augustine on Justifying Coercion
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Augustine encouraged Christian bishops and magistrates to coerce and constrain religious dissenters, he participated in these activities almost from the start of his career as presbyter under Valerius, and he offered justifications for what he did. Robert Markus and John Milbank consider Augustine's justifications inconsistent with the aspect of his social thought each admires most. Their conclusions are unwarranted and unnecessary. Augustine's justifications are neither inconsistent with the rest of his social thought, nor dependent upon judgments about just and unjust coercion that are fundamentally different from our own.
105. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Brent W. Sockness Troeltsch's 'Practical Christian Ethics': The Heidelberg Lectures (1911/12)
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This essay analyzes Ernst Troeltsch's course lectures on "practical Christian ethics" held at the University of Heidelberg in 1911—12. The author situates these lectures within Troeltsch's wider teaching activity, assesses the reliability of the extant student notes which preserve them, explains the idiosyncratic meaning of a "practical" ethics within Troeltsch's total theological program, critically interprets the method and content of the lectures, and suggests in conclusion that Troeltsch's approach to the tension between the universal aspirations of, and the particular historical genesis of, religio-ethical traditions remains relevant, perhaps even instructive, for contemporary debates in religious and theological ethics.
constructive studies
106. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Timothy P. Jackson Is Isaac Kierkegaard's Neighbor?: "Fear and Trembling" in Light of William Blake and "Works of Love"
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I consider in this essay three possible interpretations of the infinitely rich story of Abraham and Isaac found in Genesis 22. Against the background of what I call "the traditional reading," I compare the views of William Blake, Johannes de Silentio, and Søren Kierkegaard. Blake's poetry and painting suggest a striking alternative to our usual understanding of the story, but they finally require too radical a departure from the Biblical text. The pseudonym de Silentio's views on obedience to God, presented in Fear and Trembling, are even more problematic, however. They are at odds with Kierkegaard's powerful account of love of neighbor, related under his own name in Works of Love, for instance. The God who is Love would not literally require murderous intent toward a neighbor, I conclude, but that same God might issue an "ironic" command designed to lift us out of an abominable ritual.
107. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Paul J. Wojda Dying for One's Friends: The Martyrological Shape of Christian Love
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This essay considers the contemporary debate about the nature of Christian love and its relation to friendship from a perspective informed by the martyrological context in which Christian love is disclosed. In this context agape is understood as simultaneously the willing of the neighbor's good and the witness to the divine source of all goodness. From this perspective it is argued that friendship, far from being alien to Christian love, is one of its primary works, its principal criterion, and the context in which it is put most decisively to the test.
moral-psychological studies
108. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
James P. Gubbins Grief's Lesson in Moral Epistemology: A Phenomenological Investigation
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This paper considers the thesis that grief holds special and significant moral knowledge. First, I argue that grief recognizes and responds to moral good. Second, I argue that grief holds special moral knowledge by contending that the goodness of the unique other and the unique love for the other are made conspicuous and thus specially known in grief. Third, I argue that grief holds significant moral knowledge. The griever has significant moral knowledge of her radical bond with a unique other. Also, grief's moral knowledge has a significant impact on the character of the griever. Furthermore, grief's moral knowledge is significant for moral psychology by highlighting the relationship among uniqueness, radical interdependence, and human good.
109. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
D. M. Yeager Anger, Justice, and Detachment
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Working within the framework of concern for justice, Christian ethicists have treated the counsel of detachment as destructive of active involvement in history and have undertaken to rehabilitate anger as the mark of caring and as the engine powering the struggle for social justice. Aided by the suggestive accounts of virtue offered by Georges Bernanos in Diary of a Country Priest and Charles Dickens in Dombey and Son, the author upholds the importance of detachment (understood not as indifference but as the alternative to self-will) and explores the problematic character of anger in its relation to justice, change, and gratitude. While the two novelists set before us powerful and magnetic instances of just anger in Mme. la Comtesse, Chantal, and Edith Dombey, they also deliberately contrast these characters against the detached love of the nameless priest and Dombey's daughter Florence. The critique of anger constituted by these stores raises provocative questions about the notion that anger can be good.
social ethics
110. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Simeon O. Ilesanmi Civil-Political Rights or Social Economic Rights for Africa?: A Comparative Ethical Critique of a False Dichotomy
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A key aspect of the human rights debate in Africa has centered on the kinds of rights that are appropriate for the continent. This essay examines the controversy between the advocates of civil-political rights and those of socio-economic rights, and the tendency to separate these two sets of values on the grounds of their supposed incompatibility and of Africa's unique realities. The essay contends that this conclusion is dangerous as it could be used as an excuse to ignore any human rights in Africa, a fear that is justified by the recent history of the continent. Drawing upon religious and ethical perspectives, it proposes the concept of interdependence to forge a normative unity between the two contested sets of rights and argues that this integral vision of rights is needed to ensure maximal realization of human and communal flourishings in Africa.