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date: 25 November 2020

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Rules refer to normative regulations of individual or corporate behaviour. In Christian ethics, rules allow one to evaluate the conduct of individuals, the practices of intentional Christian groups, and the procedures and policies of complex institutions, some of which may have clear religious commitment. This article shows that a pragmatist account of how rules are justified and their conflicts adjudicated enables us to handle some basic problems in moral theory. It also invites us to revisit some theological problems in a new light. Viewing rules as an open-textured set of cultural artefacts and institutions enables us to handle the traditional problems of Pharisaism and Pelagianism from a modern point of view.

Keywords: pragmatist, moral theory, Pharisaism, Pelagianism, Christian ethics

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