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1. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
John Kelsay, Sumner B. Twiss Preface
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presidential address
2. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Charles H. Reynolds Text, Argument and Society: Remembering and Anticipating Our Collegial Identity
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symposium on the work of james m. gustafson
3. The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: Volume > 17
Martin L. Cook Reflections on James Gustafson's Theological-Ethical Method
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P. Travis Kroeker Theocentric Ethics and Policy
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Anne E. Patrick Creative Fiction and Theological Ethics: The Contributions of James M. Gustafson
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Elly Haney Where Do We Go from Here, or How Should White Christian Ethicists "Do" Ethics?
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historical studies
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John R. Bowlin Augustine on Justifying Coercion
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Augustine encouraged Christian bishops and magistrates to coerce and constrain religious dissenters, he participated in these activities almost from the start of his career as presbyter under Valerius, and he offered justifications for what he did. Robert Markus and John Milbank consider Augustine's justifications inconsistent with the aspect of his social thought each admires most. Their conclusions are unwarranted and unnecessary. Augustine's justifications are neither inconsistent with the rest of his social thought, nor dependent upon judgments about just and unjust coercion that are fundamentally different from our own.
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Brent W. Sockness Troeltsch's 'Practical Christian Ethics': The Heidelberg Lectures (1911/12)
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This essay analyzes Ernst Troeltsch's course lectures on "practical Christian ethics" held at the University of Heidelberg in 1911—12. The author situates these lectures within Troeltsch's wider teaching activity, assesses the reliability of the extant student notes which preserve them, explains the idiosyncratic meaning of a "practical" ethics within Troeltsch's total theological program, critically interprets the method and content of the lectures, and suggests in conclusion that Troeltsch's approach to the tension between the universal aspirations of, and the particular historical genesis of, religio-ethical traditions remains relevant, perhaps even instructive, for contemporary debates in religious and theological ethics.
constructive studies
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Timothy P. Jackson Is Isaac Kierkegaard's Neighbor?: "Fear and Trembling" in Light of William Blake and "Works of Love"
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I consider in this essay three possible interpretations of the infinitely rich story of Abraham and Isaac found in Genesis 22. Against the background of what I call "the traditional reading," I compare the views of William Blake, Johannes de Silentio, and Søren Kierkegaard. Blake's poetry and painting suggest a striking alternative to our usual understanding of the story, but they finally require too radical a departure from the Biblical text. The pseudonym de Silentio's views on obedience to God, presented in Fear and Trembling, are even more problematic, however. They are at odds with Kierkegaard's powerful account of love of neighbor, related under his own name in Works of Love, for instance. The God who is Love would not literally require murderous intent toward a neighbor, I conclude, but that same God might issue an "ironic" command designed to lift us out of an abominable ritual.
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Paul J. Wojda Dying for One's Friends: The Martyrological Shape of Christian Love
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This essay considers the contemporary debate about the nature of Christian love and its relation to friendship from a perspective informed by the martyrological context in which Christian love is disclosed. In this context agape is understood as simultaneously the willing of the neighbor's good and the witness to the divine source of all goodness. From this perspective it is argued that friendship, far from being alien to Christian love, is one of its primary works, its principal criterion, and the context in which it is put most decisively to the test.