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Moral Theology

Robin W. Lovin

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199696116.013.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Moral Theology

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This article discusses the concept of moral theology in Methodism. Moral theology aims at an understanding of human life as part of the created order and an evaluation of human choice and action in the context of the history of salvation. It may be contrasted with practical theology, understood as specifically concerned with the formation of Christian lives and Christian communities, and to Christian social ethics, concerned with a theological understanding of the political, economic, and social forces that shape a particular society. In Methodism, where theology generally has a strong social and practical orientation, these distinctions are not always sharply drawn, but we may take moral theology as the comprehensive term for studies that seek to relate human goods to God's purposes and to direct human action in accordance with God's ordering of nature and history.

Keywords: Methodism; moral theology; God

Article.  6890 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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