- 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 analyzes Kenneth Kirk's The Vision of God. The main point of The Vision of God is that worship is prior to ethics. Worship is the key to the unselfishness required of all morally serious persons. Unselfishness is attained not through valiant attempts but through the discovery and acknowledgement of something more valuable than the self. That happens in worship. Worship should focus the Christian's thoughts on God. Ethics or service that is not rooted in worship will inevitably be egoistic and self-righteous.
David H. Smith is Nelson Poynter Senior Scholar at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
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