Worship and ethics

Rufus Black

in Christian Moral Realism

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683947 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Worship and ethics

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This chapter aims to explore narrative ethics and a Christian realist theory as complementary theories. It expresses Hauerwas's notion that ethics not only arises in the context of a narrative tradition but that it also belongs to a distinctive community. It explains that any adequate understanding of ethics must, therefore, take account of that community's practices as part of its narrative context. The chapter professes further that for a Christian community, the central narrative context is worship, especially as it expresses itself through liturgy. It notes that this theme of the integral relationship between the worship of the Christian community and Christian ethics is also one that echoes through the work of Grisez and O'Donovan.

Keywords: narrative ethics; Christian realist theory; complementary theories; Hauerwas; practice; Christian community; worship; liturgy; Grisez; O'Donovan

Chapter.  11680 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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