Christian Moral Principles

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  • Christian Moral Principles
    • Heteronomous
      • Hetero = Several Nomos = Rule of Law
        • Multiple Influences
          • God, Bible, Church
            • Church - magisteriumcatechism
              • Leaders - Papal Ineffability, Papal encyclical
          • Natural Law, Conscience
          • Paul : 'Gods Law is Written on peoples hearts'.
          • Human Law > Human Rights, Reason
          • Liberation Theology: Hans Kung - Follow their ethics, Stand up for poor.
        • Protestant: God, Bible, Church Leaders
        • Follow Virtues Of Jesus, Kindness, Compassion, Love, Rather than just legislative laws.
        • Learn from Christian Community, Family
        • Stanley Hauerwas: Adopt Biblical Teachings
      • Strengths
        • + More Comprehensive
        • Good to take in situation, More flexible
        • Accessible to all (Accounts how non Christians can be moral)
      • Weakness
        • Moral Confusion, (e.g homosexuality)
        • What is legitimate?
        • God is more important than Human Laws and Human Ideas
          • Humans are Falllable
    • Autonomus
      • Auto = Self (You decide yourself, Personal Choice)
        • Christians : Agape Love
        • Catholic:
          • Hans Kung: Love over rules, Personalism
            • Pope is not without error
            • Euthenasia : Catholic x Hung !
        • Protestant:
          • J. Fletcher : Situation Ethics, Do most loving thing
    • Theonomus
      • Theos = God Nomos = Laws
        • Getting teachings mainly from Bible
      • Bible ;
        • Augustine : Original Sin > Need Guidance > Bible provides Guidance
          • Teachings of Apostle Paul (Agape Love)
        • Biblicism : Bible 'Word of God' - Comprehensive Guide
          • 10 Commandments
          • Sermon on the mount 'Love your enemies turn the other cheek'.
          • Parables : e.g Sheep and Goat, Adam and Eve
        • 'All Scripture Inspired by God
      • Strengths
        • Good to follow strict rules (Ordered Society)
        • Clear + Simple to follow
        • Word of God (Wont Go To Hell)
        • Obeys Gods Laws
      • Weakness
        • Moral Contradictions in the Bible (e.g Kill, Do Not Kill)
          • Karl Barth: Bibliography worships book instead of God
            • Fundamentalists take Bible literally
              • Stanley Haeurwas: Bible teachings need to be adapted
        • Ignores other influences; friends, family, church
          • Outdated, not useful for 21st century (e.g IVF)

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