Tragedy, Tradition, Transformism: The Ethics of Paul Ramsey

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In this original interpretation and critique of Paul Ramsey’s ethical thought, D. Stephen Long traces the development of one of the mid-twentieth century’s most important and controversial religious social thinkers. Long examines Ramsey’s early liberal idealism as well as later influences on his work, including the just war doctrine, Reinhold Niebuhr’s realism, H. Richard Niebuhr’s historical relativism, Karl Barth’s neo-orthodoxy, and Jacques Maritain’s integralism. Long overcomes obstacles confronting any ...

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Overview

In this original interpretation and critique of Paul Ramsey’s ethical thought, D. Stephen Long traces the development of one of the mid-twentieth century’s most important and controversial religious social thinkers. Long examines Ramsey’s early liberal idealism as well as later influences on his work, including the just war doctrine, Reinhold Niebuhr’s realism, H. Richard Niebuhr’s historical relativism, Karl Barth’s neo-orthodoxy, and Jacques Maritain’s integralism. Long overcomes obstacles confronting any Ramsey scholar—such as a theology that cannot be systematized and the complexities of Ramsey’s own writing—and lends sharp insight to the philosophical, theological, and moral issues we face in the twentieth century. Scholars of religious ethics and intellectual thought will find this work essential reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556355479
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Stephen Long is Professor of Theology at Marquette University . He has published a number of works including The Goodness of God, The Divine Economy, John Wesley's Moral Theology, and Theology and Culture (Cascade Books, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Theological Idealism 5
Millsaps Liberalism: "Christianity and War" (1935) 6
"The Use of Destructive Force Is Never Justifiable" (1940) 10
"The Current Christian Anti-Pacifism" (1941) 20
Bound yet Free: "The Nature of Man in the Philosophy of Josiah Royce and Bernard Bosanquet" (1943) 24
2 Theological Realism 43
Ontology of Tragedy 44
Love Transforming Natural Law, or On Making the Body, Property Owners, Civil Rights Activists, Lawyers, Magistrates, Soldiers, etc., Barely Endurable 54
Love Transforming the Body: "Biblical Prologue: A Crochet of Themes" 55
Love Transforming the Property Owner and Civil Rights Worker: Christian Ethics and the Sit-In 64
Love Transforming the Magistrate and Soldier: War and the Christian Conscience 67
Love Transforming Natural Law: Nine Modern Moralists 83
3 Protestant Casuist 103
Casuistry as an Alternative Discourse 105
Casuistry and Medical Ethics 120
Casuistry and Narrative 133
Just War: Casuistry or Ontology of Tragedy? 142
4 Tragedy, Tradition, Transformism 167
Tragedy 167
Tradition 174
Transformism 189
Theological Prescriptions 190
Appendix 205
References 211
Index 217
About the Book and Author 221
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