Evangelical Ethics Model for Today Book Review

Evangelical Ethics Model for Today
Reviews Wyndy Corbin Reuschling's book "Reviving Evangelical Ethics: The Promises and Pitfalls of Classic Models of Morality" published in 2008.
# 152806 | 1,725 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Ethics (General)


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This paper explains that, in her book "Reviving Evangelical Ethics: The Promises and Pitfalls of Classic Models of Morality", Professor Wyndy Corbin Reuschling examines the misconceptions surrounding Christian ethics within the framework of the ethical models of deontology, teleology and virtue ethics. Next, the author summarizes Reuschling's interpretation of Immanuel Kant's influence on deontology, John Stuart Mill's on teleology and Aristotle's on virtue ethics and her advocation of an ethical model amalgamating these three models. The paper concludes that Reuschling's proposal for this new ethical model is certainly no groundbreaking revelation. Footnotes are included.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
Summary
Deontology
Teleology
Virtue Ethics
Analysis
"Evangelical Ethics"
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Reuschling notes that virtue ethics has much to appeal to evangelical ethicists and is, in fact, becoming increasingly popular as a model in such situations. For instance, both Aristotelian and Christian virtues emphasize the central role of community and relationships, as well as the importance of personal integrity. Further, the two systems share the common theme that "the moral life is not a given, but one that needs to be nurtured and practiced by developing habits in light of a defined vision."
"Reuschling does, however, point out two key differences between Aristotle's idea of virtue and that of the evangelical Christian. First, there is a significant disparity between Aristotle's "target" of the aristocratic and well-to-do and the church's biblical mandate to ameliorate the role of such division in the arena of virtue and ethics. Second, there are distinct differences between the virtues appropriate to Aristotle's secular worldview and those appropriate to the Christian's biblical worldview. Reuschling argues that, for the Christian, there must be intentional focus on the life of Jesus as an exemplar of virtue, the role of spiritual formation as it relates to virtue ethics, and the "social dimension and application of Christian virtue in contested moral space." "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Reuschling, Wyndy Corbin. Reviving Evangelical Ethics: The Promises and Pitfalls of Classic Models of Morality. Grand Rapids: BrazosPress, 2008.
  • Norman L. Geisler, Christian Ethics: Contemporary Issues and Options. Grand Rapids, BakerAcademic, 2010.

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