Temptation: A Biblical and Psychological Approach

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Human creativity is central to the pursuit of happiness, but does not guarantee it; totalitarian systems such as Communism or Islamic Sharia Law guarantee utopian happiness, but don't deliver it. 6. "Establish justice." Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1999. We expect it positively from the power of the Word of God, also in the classroom - above any technique which we might employ. Without some guard against this implication, justice is violated, and the worth, integrity, and dignity of the self are compromised.

Sin, Death, and the Devil

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Life must not be lived at cross-purposes. The failure of negative "sin avoidance" ethical systems is that the real issues in biblical ethics are lost amidst a forest of unintelligible detail, until it is possible for a camel to slide unnoticed down our throat. This is what happens with an amoral society; it deals with each situation differently. Its method is to begin with this human existence as a fact without any ready-made preconceptions about the essence of man.

Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of

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Responsa Project: The Global Jewish Database at Bar-Ilan University. For the one who is commanded to give, also receives. The Neo-Platonists (such as Plotinus, 205-270) taught a world-system of emanation, whereby the One (like Plato's Form of the Good) flowed into Intellect (the realm of the Forms) and from there into the World-Soul and individual souls, where it encountered the realm of bodies, from where it returned to itself (‘the flight of the alone to the alone’).

Commandments of Compassion (Church Book (shw))

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Modalists and Monarchians of all stripes decided that the one-ness of God was more ultimate than the three-ness. As a Christian, I see them as a reflection of God’s very character. Only human persons are considered moral agents, precisely because they are capable of self-direction (intention) and presumably because they enjoy the knowledge of and ability to make choices (freedom). Northcott, The Environment and Christian Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001) abandonment of moral, ethical and religious controls over agriculture, economics, trade and relations between humans and nature” (55).

Man and His Hope in the Old Testament (Studies in Biblical

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Eerdmans Publishing, 2011 Editor and contributor,The Morality of Adoption: Social-Psychological, Theological, and Legal Perspectives. Yet the pretensions spring inevitably out of the human situation. Many important initiatives have been undertaken both with Australia and internationally, however, there is still considerable work to be done in engaging Christian Churches in the Western industrialised world. For an insightful analysis of this issue, see Thiemann. [3] I believe that education for critical citizenship should also take place in secondary, and even elementary, education but realize this -- particularly the critical aspect -- is difficult, due in part to political factors.

Good Sex 2.0: What (Almost) Nobody Will Tell You about Sex:

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Lehmann�s emphasis on maturity requires further exposition. For if ethics is always qualified by the narrative of a particular community, we might suppose that what is being suggested is simply a form of relativism. Religious obligation is not limited to Sunday worship and the church community. But then the question arises, whose morality? Finney (HTML at gospeltruth.net) (London: J. Paul makes this argument by describing the church as "the body of Christ" and by urging Christians to exercise their freedom "in Christ" with self-restraint, to avoid undermining the faith of other members in the church.

Is Nothing Sacred?: The Story of a Pastor, the Women He

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What exactly is meant here by “Anglo-Protestant culture”? I draw on my experience at California Lutheran University to illustrate the tradition's role in the teaching of Christian ethics. She thus helps him to hold fast to a commitment he might otherwise be tempted to reject; whereas a wife who disregards her husband's authority robs him of his function and undermines his ability to give her what she most needs and desires, his abiding love. She is perceptive in noting the many ways that the ethical frameworks chosen to address such issues may not be helpful.

How Could You do That?! The Abdication of Character,

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The participants cannot find a common ground of rational morality from which to arbitrate the issues because the moral judgments which each brings to them are formed by the very historical forces which are in conflict. One of the best-known set of teachings forming the foundation of Christian ethics is the Sermon on the Mount, found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Human life is the first gift of God, and it is of infinite value since man is made in the image of God. One can hardly have virtue if one enjoys meat meals and feasts."

Evangelical Peacemakers: Gospel Engagement in a War-Torn

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I did not mean to convey that I seek to philosophically unite weak and strong kinism, as if I think their disagreement is merely semantic. Liberationist and feminist theologies point out there is no neutral, objective, universal reason but all of us are human subjects who are coming from different historical and social locations. Huntington rightly underscores that in American public and political affairs culture and religion are important. Sitting at home, you and your family are drug from your home and into the street.

Matthew and Paul: A Comparison of Ethical Perspectives

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When considering gene therapies, for example, my Mennonite friends are likely to offer a very different account of prudence from my Presbyterian friends. Thus, no appeal at all can be made to this private subjectivity in matters of moral concern. It strains to find a rationale and justification for its positions by selective reading of the Bible, taking passages out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context and using those carefully selected passages to assert their ethical and moral positions with the discussion-stopping claim that those biblical passages that they believe support of their views are the very words of God himself and therefore have divine authority behind them.