Christian ethics in the Protestant tradition by Waldo Beach

By Waldo Beach

With Christian Ethics within the Protestant Tradition, Waldo seashore presents a simple introductory textual content on Christian ethics. He has designed a not easy paintings that grapples with the moral questions surrounding modern-day difficulties from the point of view of Protestant theology and culture. His two-part layout is mainly worthy for study.

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But the distinctive slant developed in the succeeding pages is from the Reformed Protestant tradition. Epistemology We start with the problems of how reason and faith relate in the way we come to religious truth. The epistemology of scientism, as noted earlier, comes to its affirmations of truth by the inductive method, which is based on empirical evidence. When a Christian affirms, in the words of the familiar Creed, "I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth," this affirmation of faith has two sides.

1 Main Types of Ethical Theory One long-established distinction is that between teleological and deontological ethics. Teleological ethics asks first: what is the great goal or end (telos) of human striving? When that question is answered, ethics then becomes the discipline that spells out the means or steps by which that goal can be realized or approached. This might be called the ethics of the good, the ethics of aspiration. Deontological ethics, on the other hand, asks: what or who is the supreme authority, setting the commands or laws by which one ought to live?

A closer look at the Protestant heritage, however, might lead us to recognize that there need not be a standoff between the pietists and the social revolutionaries. The Christian life in its fullest sense involves both the inner spirituality of a heart renewed by the grace of God, which practices the disciplines of prayer and devotion, and the movement from the altar to the marketplace and the polling booth, which verifies its inner trust and faith and lives out its belief in praxis, in daring witness to what God wills for the social order.

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