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What makes Christian ethics <i>Christian?</i>

Rufus Black

in Christian Moral Realism

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683947 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270201.003.0003

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

What makes Christian ethics Christian?

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This chapter elucidates Oliver O'Donovan's central epistemological claim for what makes an ethic Christian. It notes that this epistemological assertion is a two-edged challenge that issues forth from O'Donovan's claim that the resurrection is the pivot to Christian ethics. The chapter emphasizes that it is theological reflection that will ground and shape a Christian's understanding of the realities where a Christian requires an account of the nature of God, creation, humanity, and eschatology — all of which open up an shape the possibilities for human action. It suggests that this integral connectedness between the process of practical reasoning and the theoretical knowledge about reality that forms the foundation of a Christian realist ethic is the defining dimension of moral deliberation as it operates to shape the nature of moral obligation. And the chapter premises, that, if ethics begins with the Gospel, it also ends with the Gospel.

Keywords: Oliver O'Donovan; epistemological claim; Christian; resurrection; Christian ethics; practical reasoning; theoretical knowledge; reality; Christian realist; Gospel

Chapter.  23427 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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