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What is ethics?....continued

The Bible in Christian Ethics

The Apostle Paul when writing to Timothy confidently asserts that scripture, that is the bible, is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

As a result it is fair to say that there is no Christian ethic that would deny the authority of the bible, for apart from scripture the church has no enduring inspiration or authority. However, it should be recognised that even these claims about scripture are human claims and by human interpretation.

With virtually one voice the Church has declared that the bible is an authority for moral discernment and judgement. However, that single voice becomes many voices when the bible is actually used. There is no prescribed methodology dealing with how the bible is used.

Allen Verhey in A New Dictionary of Christian Ethics poses the question, "What is the message of the Bible"?

Verhey makes the point that this is not a new question and that discussion about interpretation of scripture and the methodology for its use has a long history. He says "Augustine candidly insisted that any movement from scripture to moral claims is licensed if and only if it is consistent with the double love commandment, which he identified as the message of scripture".

Index to the topic

What is ethics?
A definition
A deeper definition of ethics
A deeper definition of Christian ethics
Why should we bother about ethics
The root of Christian ethics
    a) relationship
    b) freedom
    c) love
    d) responsibility
The Bible in Christian ethics

Other Material
1. Ethics by David J Garrard

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