Spirit Ethics: Scripture and the Moral Life

Spirit Ethics: Scripture and the Moral Life

by Paul Jersild

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Overview

How can Christians responsibly derive moral guidance from the Bible on pressing issues of personal and social morality today?

Jersild's book sets the context for a study of Scripture and the moral life in a postmodern, pluralist society with its impact on biblical studies. The ethical contents and authority of Scripture are addressed, and a "Spirit ethics" is proposed as a way of developing a biblically based Christian ethics. Christians cannot simply adopt a once-and-for-all set of rules nor simply cite Bible verses against the latest sins. "Absolutely essential," says Jersild, "is the ongoing engagement of the church with the moral environment of society and the issues that this raises for the church." Jersild applies his model fruitfully and persuasively to three pressing and perplexing issues: assisted suicide, homosexuality, and genetic programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800632328
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Jersild is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, and former Visiting Research Professor at the University of S. C. Bioethics Center.

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