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By Design: Ethics, Theology, and the Practice of Engineering

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The New Testament is unlike the Hebrew Bible, however, in presenting a narrative about a man who is the perfect exemplification of obedience and who has a life without sin. The wife who obeys her husband confirms the need he has for authority so that he can accept his full responsibility towards his family. Quite the opposite, for such interpretations might, given certain conditions, turn out to be peculiarly enriching, not least because of their inevitable pluralism and their ability to bring to the ethicist's use of the Bible a faculty which often remains unexercised in biblical interpretation, namely, imagination.4 4 The Bible and Christian ethics Interpretation Historical-critical exegesis The method (or cluster of methods) of interpretation which professes to concern itself with discovering what the biblical writers understood themselves to be saying, and which claims to provide the least fragile defence against the imposition of gratuitously subjectivizing elements on biblical texts, is commonly described as the 'historical-critical method'.

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Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the

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The Concert Series of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 N. The Animal Rights/Environmental Ethics Debate: The Environmental Perspective. We do not begin by assuming the law to be valid, but by saying that we do not consider it valid until it is proven to be valid. There is simply no way that I would say, "Oh, that's OK ... it's not for me to judge you ... The former theory obscures the fact that a significant portion of human wrong-doing is due to human finiteness. That our destiny was already determined by Jesus’ death on the Cross (“one has died for all; therefore all have died ... that those who live might live no longer for themselves”, 2 Cor 5:14-15), that we have been inserted “into Christ”, does not constitute our alienation.

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When God Writes Your Love Story (Expanded Edition): The

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Church doctrine in the area of morality, therefore, contains statements, propositions, or more accurately convictions that are widely, if unconsciously, taken for granted among the faithful and are even frequently recognized by non-members as characteristic of the Christian community. For Irenaeus (c.130-c.200), both “nature and the material world are fundamentally good and blessed by God” (208). “The whole creation…is designed to reflect the beauty, harmony and perfection which is God’s” (209). “Moral value…is located in the relations between persons, in worship and communal life by which human life together is molded on the divine life of the Trinity, and in the relations of God and humans to the embodied created order” (210).

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Holding on to Heaven While Your Friend Goes Through Hell

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Shaun has written on the ethics of the war in Iraq, as well the role of religion in American presidential politics. The Great Awakening, ch. 3 (“How to Change the World and Why: Rules of Engagement”), pp. 53-78. It is more characteristic of the religious diversity of the "real" world than in a college with a religiously homogeneous student population. This was because good-works-doctrine always had an element of self-aggrandisement to it.

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The Gate of Heaven

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The first prong of his argument is to dispel individualist interpretations of Christianity by means of the communal imagery of the New Testament and the proper interpretation of the Reformation principle of the priesthood of all believers (56-67). The word 'unrighteous' is adika — wicked. If the deceased carried an organ donor card or otherwise made his or her wish to donate known this wish is seen as valid consent. In a heated election, Christian parents can model a measured response.

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Passing the Torch: Sharing Faith & Values with the

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May non-violent action emasculate effective resistance at crucial points in the struggle? The second contribution in particular is important for its relation moral theology to the doctrine of original sin. If we rest weighty ethical positions on gossamer-thin conceptions of divine activity, we deserve the kind of criticism Gilkey leveled at biblical theologians. QED Or take the issue of homosexual marriage, would it really be the end of civilization as we know it if homosexual marriage was legalized?

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O Lord, Move This Mountain: Racism & Christian Ethics

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While natural impulse, without the discipline of reason, may lead to anarchy in the self and in society, it must also be recognized that there are natural social impulses which relate the self to other life in terms of an unconscious and natural harmony. As has often been remarked, the main problem with this approach is that of control, for the tendency will be to choose biblical analogues which support one's prior stance. They have really absorbed the Renaissance faith in the goodness of man, having rejected the Christian doctrine of original sin as a bit of outmoded pessimism, have reinterpreted the Cross so that it is made to stand for the absurd idea that perfect love is guaranteed a simple victory over the world, and have rejected all other profound elements of the Christian gospel.. . .'6 Most of the creative theologians of the twentieth century have not been pacifists but have shared Niebuhr's devastating attacks upon that stance on the grounds that it is bad theology, failing to recognize that God rules in this fallen world in part through human institutions — governments, systems of law and order - that are obliged to use coercive force and in the last resort to kill people.

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The Ten Commandments from the Back Side: Bible Stories with

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Martin Luther is well remembered in history for his statement witnessing to his conscience, 'Here I stand, I can do no other'. Early followers of Jesus-”People of the Way” John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. Ultimately, only you know what kind of sexual activity is acceptable for you. The Bible presents to us God as a Father who calls us to act and speak in harmony with our original nature.� He does not force, nor does He allow all the consequences of disobedience to fall on us (Ecclesiastes 8:11).�� He calls, and He knocks.� It is thus that our freedom to choose to hear and return and our freedom to will to open the door, enters into cooperation with Him for our eternal good. 3.

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A Feminist Ethic of RISK (Other Feminist Voices)

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Equality, being a rational, political version of the law of love, shares with it the quality of transcendence. It should contain a lively and compassionate appeal. Together Rand and Branden published The Objectivist Newsletter from 1962 to 1968. I believe that “successive” is the wrong word here. The physical is only one aspect of the human and the moral. Some states reject it, some adhere to it, and some modify it. The authority that this teaching carries is not the personal authority of the individual exercising the office but rather the authority of the source of this teaching.

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Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as

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It should not take us long to realize that the way to all right culture and achievement is the way of unselfishness. An individual resigns in protest and goes public with his or her reasons for leaving. This orientation to the End is a great encouragement to God’s people to take their discipleship seriously. In recent centuries, historians of Christianity have focused their research chiefly upon Scripture and the development of dogma.

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