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Bibeln i kristen etik: En analys av olika uppfattningar om relationen mellan Bibeln och kristen etik
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
1999 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The first purpose of the present investigation is to analyze five different opinions about thecontribution of the Bible in Christian ethics. The second purpose is to take a critical look at these opinions. The third is to present a constructive proposal as to how the Bible should be used in Christian ethics.

This analysis is carried out using analytical questions. The main questions are as follows: What is biblical ethics? What is the conception of revelation and tradition and their relation to the Bible? How is the interpretation performed? What is the relation between the Bible and other sources of knowledge? What is Christian ethics? This work results in five different models. The critical and constructive purposes are worked out with the assistance of four different criteria.

The theologians and ethicists whose ideas are analysed propose five different models. G_ranBexell provides a law- and gospel model with a clear center in biblical and Christian ethics. This center consists of the gospel and the commandment of love. Lisa Cahill provides a feminist model. As one starting point before bible interpretation begins, she sides with women's equal rights. She also contributes to a teleological virtue ethics. Bruce Birch and Larry Rasmussen focus on the role of the Christian community in their multifaceted community model and recommend a multifaceted use of the Bible. In their liberation model Clodovis Boff and George Pixley advocate a preferential option for the poor. Stephen Fowl and Gregory Jones' narrative model propounds the importance of character and develops a virtue ethics.

The author develops his own contribution as an agape model. It is called agape model bothbecause he pronounces God's love in Christ as a central theme in the Bible and in Christian ethics, and because he understands the dimensions of the moral life, centered in the commandment of love, as reflexes of this central theme.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 1999. , 270 p.
Uppsala Studies in Social Ethics, ISSN 0346-6507 ; 23
Keyword [en]
Religion, Bible, interpretation, Christian ethics, hermeneutics, revelation, value, norm, virtue, character, rationality, canon, tradition, universalism, contextualism, experience, assessment, ethical theory, G. Bexell, B.C. Birch, C. Boff, L.S. Cahill, S.E. Fowl, L.G. Jones, G.V. Pixley, L.L. Rasmussen
Keyword [sv]
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293ISBN: 91-554-4407-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293DiVA: diva2:162160
Public defence
1999-05-15, sal IX, universitetshuset, Uppsala, Uppsala, 10:00
Available from: 1999-04-24 Created: 1999-04-24Bibliographically approved

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