- List of Contributors
- Creation and Ethics
- Redemption and Ethics
- Eschatology and Ethics
- Ecclesiology and Ethics
- Divine Grace and Ethics
- Divine Commands
- Tradition in the Church
- Reason and Natural Law
- Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption
- Christians and Government
- Christians and Family
- Christians and Economics
- Christians and Culture
- Christians and the Church
- Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>
- Anders Nygren's <i>Agape and Eros</i>
- Kenneth Kirk's <i>The Vision of God</i>
- H. Richard Niebuhr's <i>Christ and Culture</i>
- Reinhold Niebuhr's <i>The Nature and Destiny of Man</i>
- John Mahoney's <i>The Making of Moral Theology</i>
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Index of Names
- Index of Scriptural References
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the role of Scripture in the Christian way of life. Christian ethics arises out of the spiritual practice of reading Scripture prayerfully in the community and articulates the moral dynamics of this core practice of faith. It connects present experience with God's characteristic ways of acting. Reading the story of Jesus faithfully, Christians ‘learn to remember, and such remembering is to own a past as one's own and to own it as constitutive of identity and community and as determinative of discernment’. Christian ethics is therefore not primarily a scholarly enterprise, but a communal practice done ‘by way of reminder’ of ‘the story Christians love to tell and long to live’. The story of Jesus as recounted in the gospels and remembered by the early communities normatively shapes the community's sense of who it is and is called to become. This ‘remembering’ is the inherent good at which the practice of reading Scripture aims.
William C. Spohn is the Augustin Cardinal Bea SJ Distinguished Professor of Theology at Santa Clara University.
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