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Posted February 23, 2006
There Are Better Points-of-View But
There are many things right with this book, though, perhaps, it is too easy to confuse Professor Fletcher¿s situation ethics with the much more nuanced contextual ethics of the superior theologian Paul Lehmann. Regardless, Professor Fletcher made us think about the consequences of our ethical reflection. Professor James M. Gustafson¿s comparison study Protestant and Roman Catholic Ethics: Prospects for Rapprochement,
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Posted May 20, 2009
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Sixties Ethical Formation
I agree with another reviewer that Paul Lehmann is a superior theologian, but Professor Fletcher's book was helpful. He contrasted his Protestant concern with the consequences of ethical conduct with the moral absolutism of Catholic ethics. He is not a moral relativist despite what some of his critics claim. In the end, I think that Professor Gustafson might have trumped both Lehmann and Fletcher, but both are well worth reading, especially Professor Lehmann. Professor Fletcher posited a helpful correction to the kind of absolutism that has haunted the past few decades of political life in the United States. Fletcher and Lehmann both realize that the notion of Christian ethic is suspect and, thus, cleared a way for Gustafson's expression of this insight. Good example of ethical formation during the sixties.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2004
Thou shall not...
There was many things that was wrong in this book. Fletcher claims to be a utilitarinist and also a pragmatist. Dewey's pragmatism claims that utilitarism is wrong because of empirical reasons. Fletcher also forgets where the evil comes from.The story he told was of a group of people hiding from murderers and a baby was crying. The mother killed the baby to keep it silent to save the group. But was the evil coming from the crying baby or the murderers? Fletcher a devout believer in Chirst, says in this book that a Chirstian can believe in homosexuality and every other sex act because Christ fails to mention it in the gospels. Very Stupid! The icing on the cake is when he tries to persuade his moral argument with a quote from Lenin, the man responsible for the Soviet Union and suffering,death,and the almost total annialation of the world. If anything that should tell you how wrong he is. One thing that he did say that was right though, was he said that modern Christian theogians and mainstream Christianity are situationist, but dont' even see it
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