- 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 argues that appeals to experiences may function critically as important checks on received theologies, moral views, and philosophies that seem out of touch with experienced realities. They may encourage us to revise or even reject some of the symbols, concepts, and interpretations put forward by our particular communities and traditions. At the same time, however, they may also function positively. They may help us better understand, articulate, and deepen the distinct symbols, concepts, and interpretations put forward by our particular community or tradition. They may help partly to confirm our traditions by showing how at least some of these symbols, concepts, and interpretations refer to relatively common situations and realities. And this, in fact, is the range of functions of appeals to experiences that is associated with theology and ethics in the article.
Douglas F. Ottati is the M. E. Pemberton Professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.
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