The Acting Person and Christian Moral Life
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Georgetown University Press
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As is often the case in academic life, my work on this book was helped and enriched by so many, even as it was interrupted and delayed by much else. The Louisville Institute awarded me a 2001 summer grant that supported my research and writing on sin; fellow summer-grant recipients provided helpful feedback ...
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This book describes the person as a moral agent acting in relation to God. It depicts the acting person within an overarching theological context of sinful estrangement from and gracious reconciliation in God. To describe the way persons negotiate their relationships with God in and through their involvement ...
1 Persons and Actions in Christian Ethics
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Scripture refers to many specific sorts of human actions, often by way of encouraging or forbidding them. The Decalogue, for example, forbids actions like idol worship, murder, adultery, and bearing false witness against one's neighbor. The books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy address a wide variety of human ...
2 Disruption of Proper Relation with God and Others: Sin and Sins
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The previous chapter described a shift in contemporary Christian ethics from a focus on actions to a focus on persons. It identified certain problems and deficiencies that result from either an insufficient or a mistaken sort of attention to the moral and theological significance of particular actions. A prompt ...
3 Intimacy with God and Self-Relation
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Attending to particular sorts of actions (sinful or not) may and should alert us to their historicity, particularity, and provisionality. Properly mindful that any human action is historical, particular, and provisional, we are rightly modest, compassionate, and open to correction in what we venture regarding ...
4 Fidelity to God and Moral Acting
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God has acted graciously on our behalf -- in creation, in covenant, and in Christ -- by offering us a share in the divine life. We respond to God's initiative with our lives. Our response to God is more than any isolated deed we perform, more than the sum total of all our deeds. It is finally the self we freely ...
5 Truthfulness before God and Naming Moral Actions
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Truthfulness before God is a gift persons receive in their encounter with God in Jesus Christ. It is inescapably ingredient to God's self-gift, grasping and claiming the person in reconciling love. Truthfulness before God is also a task, the task of a lifetime, inasmuch as this gift exposes the person in all ...
6 Reconciliation in God and Christian Life
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There has been a lot of talk about sin in this book -- certainly more than one is likely to find in much of contemporary Christian ethics. There are risks associated with this insofar as talk of sin is regarded as coming at the expense of our appreciation of grace or an affirmation of creation's goodness. ...
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Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Moral Traditions series
Series Editor Byline: James F. Keenan, SJ, series editor