- 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
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.
Richard B. Miller is Director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, and Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University.
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