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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 31, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2011

Charles E. Curran
Pages 23-36

How Does Christian Ethics Use Its Unique and Distinctive Christian Aspects?

IN THIS ESSAY I RESPONT TO THE QUESTION OF HOW THEOLOGICAL ETHICS are theological by moving it in a direction that attends to the specifically Christian contribution to ethics. I begin with three somewhat related presuppositions or questions—on human wisdom, audience(s), and the relationship with other types of ethics—that indicate how I understand the discipline of Christian ethics. I follow with a discussion of quandary ethics before moving to a systematic overview of and approach to Christian ethics. I conclude with a challenge to raise the distinctive contributions that the Christian tradition makes to the discipline of ethics and its hearers today.

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