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The Moral Gap

John E. Hare

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

The Moral Gap

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This book is about the gap between the moral demand on us and our natural capacities to meet it. The author starts with Kant’s statement of the moral demand and his acknowledgement of this gap. He then analyses Kant’s use of the resources of the Christian tradition to make sense of this gap, especially the notions of revelation, providence, and God’s grace. Kant reflects the traditional way of making sense of this gap, which is to invoke God’s assistance in bridging it. The author goes on to examine various contemporary philosophers who do not use these resources. He considers three main strategies: exaggerating our natural capacities, diminishing the moral demand, and finding some naturalistic substitute for God’s assistance. He argues that these strategies do not work, and that we are therefore left with the gap and with the problem that it is unreasonable to demand of ourselves — a standard that we cannot reach. In the final section of the book, the author looks in more detail at the Christian doctrines of atonement, justification, and sanctification. He discusses Kierkegaard’s account of the relation between the ethical life and the Christian life, and ends by considering human forgiveness, and the ways in which God’s forgiveness is both like and unlike our forgiveness of each other.

Keywords: moral demand; natural capacity; Kant; Christian; revelation; providence; God; ethical life; forgiveness; atonement

Book.  302 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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Introduction in The Moral Gap

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God’s Supplement in The Moral Gap

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Moral Faith in The Moral Gap

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Centrality in The Moral Gap

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Reducing the Demand in The Moral Gap

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Repentance in The Moral Gap

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Forgiveness in The Moral Gap

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