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Monday, September 26, 2011

The Christian Ethic

By Thomas B. Warren
 
1. The Christian ethic is a revealed — not a speculative ethic.
2. The Christian ethic is a unified —not a self-contradictory one.
3. The Christian ethic is a metaphysical one.
4. The Christian ethic is an absolute ethic.
5. The Christian ethic is an ethic which recognizes the roles of (1) intrinsic and instrumental good (2) intrinsic and instrumental evil.
6. The Christian ethic is a religious ethic.
7. The Christian ethic is one which involves the thoughts of the mind (“heart”) as well as the deeds of the body.
8. The Christian ethic is one which involves the conscience of each individual person.
9. The Christian ethic is one of self-denial and self-sacrifice.
10. The Christian ethic is one vitally connected with the free will of man and with the responsibility which accompanies such freedom.
11. The Christian ethic is an ethic of social consciousness.
12. The Christian ethic is one of striving for perfection.
13. The Christian ethic is one of grace.
14. The Christian ethic is one of helpfulness (in the living of the Christian life) on the part of God.
15. The Christian ethic is one which involves love in both directions (from God to man and from man to God).
16. The Christian ethic is one of continued growth throughout life.
17. The Christian ethic is one of showing mercy and kindness to one’s fellowman.

- Thomas B. Warren (Deceased); Adapted & Abbreviated; via the Belvedere Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the Belvedere church of Christ, Belvedere, SC.  Ken Chumbley preaches for this congregation, and he may be contacted at their website: http://www.belvederechurchofchrist.org


 

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