Basic Christian Ethics / Edition 1

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A comprehensive work in the field of Christian ethics, Basic Christian Ethics remains, more than fifty years after its original publication, an engaging and important work.

The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.

"This treatise on Christian ethics is one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive presentations of the subject we have had in many years. It should be of inestimable value not only to the general reader but also to students and classes in our colleges and seminaries."--Reinhold Niebuhr. Part of Westminster's Library of Theological Ethics series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253240
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1950
  • Series: Library of Theological Ethics Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 638,938
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ramsey was a distinguished writer on bioethics and served as Harrington Spear Pain Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He is regarded by many as one of the most important ethicists of the twentieth century. The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network created the Paul Ramsey Award in his honor, which is given annually to a person that has and is deeply impacting the bioethics discussion.
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Table of Contents

General Editors' Introduction
Acknowledgments to Publishers
Ch. I The Two Sources of Christian Love 1
I The Righteousness of God 2
II The Kingdom of God in the Teachings of Jesus 24
III In What Way, Then, Are the Teachings of Jesus Valid? 35
Ch. II Christian Liberty: An Ethic Without Rules 46
I Essential Elements of Code Morality, with Illustration from Jewish Ethics at the Time of Jesus 46
II Jesus Overcomes the Law 54
III What the Christian Does Without a Code: St. Paul's Answer 74
Ch. III The Meaning of Christian Love 92
I Teachings of Jesus Concerning Disinterested Love for Neighbor 92
II Is Love for Superior Values Part of the Meaning of Christian Love? 103
III Is Love for God Part of the Meaning of Christian Love? 116
Ch. IV Faith's Effectiveness 133
Ch. V Christian Vocation 153
I The Problem of Christocentric Vocation 153
II Non-Preferential Love and Duties to Oneself 157
III A Preferential Ethics of Protection and the Teachings of Jesus 166
IV A Christian Ethic of Resistance 171
V A Theory of Vocation According to the Christocentric Principles of the Reformation 184
Ch. VI Christian Virtue 191
I The Measure and Unity of Virtue 193
II The Source of Virtue 209
(a) The Evocation or Elicitation of Virtue: A Revision of Augustine 209
(b) The Infusion of Virtue 213
(c) The Acquirement of Virtue 216
(d) Virtue and Forgiveness, According to the Principles of the Reformation 219
III The Immoderate Life 226
Ch. VI The Work of Christian Love 234
I The Work of Love in Creating Community 235
II The Work of Love in Preserving Community 245
III The Work of Love in Valuing Human Personality 246
Ch. VIII This Human Nature 249
I The Image of God 249
(a) Two Views Concerning the Image of God 250
(b) "After His Kind" 265
(c) Implications of a Relational View of the Image of God 277
II Sin 284
III Idolatry: The Work of Self-Love 295
IV The "Origin" of Original Sin 306
Ch. IX Christian Love in Search of a Social Policy 326
I The Restraint of Sin 327
II Is Christian "Obedient Love" Itself a Social Policy? 337
III The Relation Between Christian Love and Social Policies 343
IV Man and Human Rights: A Full-Length Illustration 351
Ch. X The Religious Foundation for Community Life 367
Suggestions for Further Reading 389
Index of Scripture Passages: Old Testament 395
Index of Scripture Passages: New Testament 396
Index of Authors and Subjects 399
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