Ethics and Revelation: A Fragment

John Finnis

in Religion and Public Reasons

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580095
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729416 | DOI:
Ethics and Revelation: A Fragment

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This chapter offers a brief excerpt from a 2008 essay which also included Chapter 5 in Volume I of this text (on Bernard Williams and truth's values) and Chapter 7 in Volume II (on nations) discusses both natural revelation and the different, historical revelation to Israel completed by Jesus of Nazareth. Ethics precedes faith in two ways: it bears on the love of truth that grounds ‘natural’ revelation, and it hears on the assessment of the reliability of purported bearers of historical revelation (prophets). Part of the historical revelation, moreover, is that its moral teachings are all accessible to reason.

Keywords: natural revelation; historical revelation; purported prophets; ethics and revelation

Chapter.  1708 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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