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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2008

Wm. Carter Aikin
Pages 87-108
DOI: 10.5840/jsce200828128

Narrative Icon and Linguistic Idol
Reexamining the Narrative Turn in Theological Ethics

Narrative theology views the truths of scripture through an iconographic lens to indicate God's intimate involvement in human life. However, when narrative theology becomes "narrative theological ethics," the transformative power of narrative about God receives more emphasis than the power of God itself. Narrative theology quickly moves toward linguistic idolatry when God's grace is valued merely as an important facet of a powerful narrative rather than as the foundation of Christian moral action.

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