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Ethical Theories in the Reconstructionist Movement

David A. Teutsch

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199736065
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199736065.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Ethical Theories in the Reconstructionist Movement

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The Reconstructionist movement perceives Judaism as the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people. This chapter demonstrates Reconstructionism's concern for ethics by identifying the movement's assumptions about how and why Jews should act in the world. As shaping actual Jewish living has continually been its major goal, the movement eventually developed what is now called values-based decision-making that would guide collective as well as personal ethical deliberation and concrete action.

Keywords: Jewish ethics; Judaism; Reconstructionist movement; decision-making

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Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies

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