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Can Ethics be Christian? - James M. Gustafson

Can Ethics be Christian?

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Published: 1st January 1975
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Is there a special relation between religious beliefs and moral behavior? In particular, is there a distinctive Christian moral character and how is this manifested in moral actions? The influential theologian James M. Gustafson probes these questions and offers an analysis of the distinctively religious reasons of the "heart and mind" which constitute the basis for a Christian ethics.
Professor Gustafson grounds his discussion in a concrete example of moral conduct which deeply impressed him. The incident--narrated in detail at the start and referred to throughout--concerns a nonreligious colleague who came to the aid of an intoxicated soldier. Although seemingly trivial, this incident, in the author's view, approximates the normal sorts of experiences in which individuals have to make moral decisions every day; it becomes a touchstone to investigate the logical, social, and religious elements in moral decision making.

Preface
Moral Dimensions of Experience
The ""Sort of Person"" One Is
Christian Faith and the ""Sort of Person"" One Becomes
Christian Faith and the Reasons of Mind and Heart for Being Moral
Theological Interpretation of the Significance of Circumstances
Religious Beliefs and the Determination of Conduct
Can Ethics Be Christian? Some
Conclusions
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226311029
ISBN-10: 0226311023
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1st January 1975
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: New edition