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Anders Nygren's Agape and Eros  

William Werpehowski

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
This article analyzes the character of Christian love in Agape and Eros. It considers some major themes on their own terms and whether those terms can bear the fullness of the Gospel ... More

Aquinas and Atheism  

Brian Davies

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This essay aims to explain what Aquinas does and does not mean when using the word ‘God’. It also tries to explain why Aquinas thinks it reasonable to conclude that God exists and how ... More

Atheism and the Meaningfulness of Life  

Kimberly A. Blessing

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
Both theists and atheists have attempted to show that their opponent’s orientation towards religion prevents them from living truly meaningful lives. But exclusivists on both sides are ... More

Atonement  

Simeon Zahl

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Feb 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter discusses three developments in European that had a profound effect on the Christian concept of atonement, the first of which is the enormous impact of the Enlightenment, in particular ... More

The Bible and Ethics  

M. Daniel Carroll R. and Darrell L. Bock

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Dec 2010
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Jan 2011
Christians have always believed that the Bible is the most important resource for thinking about the moral life of individual believers and their communities. Many different kinds of ... More

The Bible in Ethics  

Eryl W. Davies

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
This article begins with a discussion of the methodological issues faced by scholars of ethics in the Old Testament and New Testament. It then identifies the basis of Old Testament ethics ... More

C. S. Lewis  

Cath Filmer-Davies

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2009
Often referred to as the greatest Anglican apologist of modern times, C. S. Lewis is also regarded as a ‘popular’ theologian. His theology seems to be primarily encapsulated in his ... More

Catholic Social Teaching  

Stanley Hauerwas and Jana Bennett

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
Catholic social teaching is usually identified with the papal encyclicals and a few Vatican II documents, beginning with Leo XIII's great encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891) and climaxing in ... More

Chinese (Confucian) Philosophical Theology  

John H. Berthrong

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2009
This article on Chinese philosophical theology discusses the following topics: Confucian religiosity, the Confucian way of being religious, classical Confucianism, the Zhongyong, the new ... More

Christians and Culture  

Vigen Guroian

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
T. S. Eliot once commented that Matthew Arnold ‘set up Culture in the place of Religion, and...[left] Religion to be laid waste by the anarchy of feeling’. His observation prompts us to ... More

Christians and Economics  

Harlan Beckley

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
Economic theory and practice often seek — either explicitly or implicitly — to maximize the common good conceived as the aggregate satisfaction of individual preferences. Christian ethics, ... More

Christians and Family  

Sondra Wheeler

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
One would hardly want to present the Christian religion as an apologist for irresponsible or immoral conduct toward spouses and children, or as insensitive to the richness and challenge of ... More

Christians and Government  

Robert Benne

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
This article presents a theological assessment of government. It argues that Christians are called to active involvement in political life. God has established government for the benefit ... More

Christians and the Church  

Paul J. Griffiths

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
There is no shortage of figural language for the Church. Much of it is biblical, and still more is woven into the fabric of the Church's hymnody and prayer. The Church is, according to her ... More

Confucianism, Moral Education, and Childhood Development  

Erin M. Cline

This article discusses Confucian views on childhood moral development, focusing especially on accounts of moral cultivation in the classical and Han periods. Beginning very early, ... More

The Construction of Evil and the Violence of Purification  

David Frankfurter

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter explores the construction of evil and the strategies of violence in purification. Prurient fascination and righteous revulsion both recreate and repel each other, developing ... More

Creation and Ethics  

Lisa Sowle Cahill

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
This article focuses on aspects of the theology of creation that are important for Christian ethics today. It identifies five key ways in which the idea of creation has been used in the ... More

Death  

Darlene Fozard Weaver

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
Christian life is one of dying and rising with Christ. What is the relationship between this dying and rising and our death? What does this relationship mean for facing death and for our ... More

Divine Action and Evolution  

Robin Collins

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2009
This article addresses the question of what God's ultimate purposes might be for creating the world, focusing particularly on what His purpose might have been in creating the world via a ... More

Divine Commands  

Lois Malcolm

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2009
This article begins with a discussion of the chief biblical traditions that inform Christian theological reflection on divine commands: Moses (and the Ten Commandments), Jesus (and the ... More

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