Situation Ethics mindmap

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  • Situation Ethics
    • Joseph Fletcher
      • The New Morality
      • 'Principled relativism' - middle ground between legalism and antinomianism
    • The role of conscience
      • 'There is no conscience; conscience is merely a word for our attempts to make decisions creatively, constructively, fittingly'
      • The way the conscience functions is by looking forwards towards prospective application (moral problems to solve)
      • The practical application of agape to a given situation
        • Situation comes first and principles come second
    • Biblical evidence to support Fletcher's approach
      • Parable of the Good Samaritan
      • 1 Corinithians
    • Four working principles
      • Pragmatism: being practical
      • Relativism
      • Positivism: statements of faith are accepted voluntarily and reason is used to work within or work out one's faith
      • Personalism: ethics deals primarily with people
    • Six fundamental principles
      • Only one 'thing' is intrinsically good, namely, love, nothing else at all
      • The ruling norm of Christian decisions is love; nothing else
      • Love and justice are the same, for justice is love distributed, nothing else
      • Love wills the neighbour's good whether we like him or not
      • Only the end justifies the means, nothing else
      • Love's decisions are made situationally, not prescvriptively

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