The Promise of Lutheran Ethics

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Pub. Date: 1998-08-01
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Summary

Is there a distinctive Lutheran ethical stance? What does this deep and robust religious tradition have to say to today's dilemmas in personal and social life, business, and public policy? Here ten Lutheran ethicists explore Lutheran emphases, themes, and approaches to offer their account of Lutheran ethics as a way of life in today's world. Writing in dialogue, they raise foundational concerns of biblical and theological sources and norms, of Christian freedom and responsibility, of call and social witness, of justice and formation in prayer. Then in a lively "Table Talk" the participants discuss and debate the traditions insights and oversights and show how it might illumine today's burning ethical issues, especially homosexuality.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii
1. Introduction
1(10)
A Tradition of Christian Ethics
1(4)
John R. Stumme
In Today's Context
5(6)
Karen L. Bloomquist
2. Lutheran Ethics: Perennial Themes and Contemporary Challenges
11(20)
Robert Benne
Introduction
11(1)
The Christian's Calling in the World
12(5)
The Church's Calling in Public Life
17(10)
Contemporary Challenges
27(4)
3. The Twofold Center of Lutheran Ethics: Christian Freedom and God's Commandments
31(24)
Reinbard Hutter
Introduction
31(2)
The Modern Theological Impoverishment of Protestant Ethics
33(5)
Three Twentieth-Century Movements in Protestant Ethics: Overcoming the Protestant Fallacy by Deconstructing the Modern Concept of Ethics
38(2)
Christian Freedom and God's Commandment: Remembering Luther's Theology of Christian Freedom
40(4)
Christian Freedom: On the Path of God's Commandments
44(4)
God's Commandments and the "Natural Law"
48(4)
Law and Gospel--or Redeemed Life "Already and Not Yet"
52(1)
The End
53(2)
4. Practicing Christians: Prayer as Formation
55(20)
Martha Ellen Stortz
Introduction
55(1)
Practices of "Practicing Christians"
55(3)
Formation
58(4)
Practices of Formation: Luther's Three-Legged Stool
62(1)
Luther on Individual Prayer: Instruction on a Practice
63(5)
Contours of the Christian Life: Composing a Way of Life
68(1)
Prayer and Action
69(6)
5. African American Lutheran Ethical Action: The Will to Build
75(22)
Richard J. Perry Jr.
History and Social Location
76(1)
Elements of Ethical Action
77(2)
The African American Ethical Tradition
79(4)
African American Lutheran Ethical Action
83(7)
A Lutheran Response to Racism
90(2)
Implications for a Contemporary Lutheran Ethic
92(4)
Conclusion
96(1)
6. Ethics and the Promise of God: Moral Authority and the Church's Witness
97(18)
James M. Childs Jr.
Ethical Witness and the Vocation of the Church
98(6)
By What Authority and by What Criteria?
104(4)
Facing Our Conflicts: Courage and Confidence in Decision and Action
108(6)
In Conclusion
114(1)
7. Pauline Ethics: Congregations as Communities of Moral Deliberation
115(16)
David Fredrickson
Introduction
115(1)
Free Speech and the Letter/Spirit Distinction in 2 Corinthians 3
116(4)
Moral Action Means Extending Freedom: Philippians 1:27--2:18
120(4)
Bearing Difference to the World: Romans 12-15
124(4)
Paul and Lutheran Ethics
128(3)
8. The Reform Dynamic: Addressing New Issues in Uncertain Times
131(20)
Larry Rasmussen
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Where We Are, Perhaps
131(1)
What the Tradition Offers, Perhaps
132(2)
Some Theological-Ethical Resources, Perhaps
134(14)
Conclusion, Perhaps
148(3)
9. A Table Talk on Lutheran Ethics
151(25)
Our Social Location Makes a Difference
151(3)
The Distinctiveness of Lutheran Ethics
154(4)
On Retrieving, Teaching, and Critiquing a Tradition
158(3)
The Role of Scripture in Lutheran Ethics
161(3)
In Addition to Scripture
164(4)
Continuing Deliberations Regarding Homosexuality
168(5)
The Church as a Community of Moral Deliberation
173(3)
Abbreviations 176(1)
Notes 177(31)
Bibliography of Lutheran Ethics 208(33)
Index 241

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