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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2000

Caleb Miller
Pages 293-305
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil200017327

Character-Dependent Duty
An Anabaptist Approach to Ethics

I propose a theory of moral obligation that is inspired by the way obligation has been understood in the Anabaptist tradition. I use the resources of the theory to explain and defend the appropriateness of the Anabaptist claim that Christian ethics is unique. I also use the theory to show that some of the standard objections to Christian pacifism, the most visibly distinctive feature of Anabaptist ethics, are misplaced when pacifism is understood as an application of the theory I defend. Finally, I suggest some theological and theoretical advantages this theory.

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