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Kenneth Kirk's The Vision of God

David H. Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199227228.003.0027

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Kenneth Kirk's The Vision of God

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This article analyzes Kenneth Kirk's The Vision of God. The main point of The Vision of God is that worship is prior to ethics. Worship is the key to the unselfishness required of all morally serious persons. Unselfishness is attained not through valiant attempts but through the discovery and acknowledgement of something more valuable than the self. That happens in worship. Worship should focus the Christian's thoughts on God. Ethics or service that is not rooted in worship will inevitably be egoistic and self-righteous.

Keywords: God; worship; ethics; service

Article.  8037 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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