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Christian Ethics Beyond Humanism
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. Etik.
2006 (English)In: Salzburger Theologische Zeitschrift, ISSN 1029-1792, Vol. 10.Jahrgang, no Heft 2, 191-207 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article is discussed three different models of Christian ethics. One of them is closely related to a theory of natural law. According to this position every person is capable to get moral insights by rational considerations, and there are common moral convictions which are universal. This position is today challenged by perspectives on ethics developed within postmodern reflection. Postmodernity is a challenge to ethical theories within humanism, but it is also a challenge towards the theory of natural law.

The purpose of this article is to discuss how Christian ethics should relate to these challenges from postmodern reflection. Do we need today an ethical position beyond reason and human nature? Should Christian ethics accept the kind of ethical constructivism and the kind of ethical contextualism which are defended within postmodern philosophy?

Two basic problems are dealt with in the article. One is what kind of arguments can be given to justify moral judgements and what are the sources to moral insight. The second problem is if there are any universal criteria for a rational justification of moral beliefs, which are independent of different cultural and social contexts. Should Christian ethics accept a kind of ethical contextualism?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 10.Jahrgang, no Heft 2, 191-207 p.
Keyword [en]
Christian ethics, humanism, postmodernity, ethical contextualism
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-25761OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-25761DiVA: diva2:53535
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