Situation Ethics

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What is the middle way?
Situation ethics is sometimes referred to as the 'middle way' betwwen legalism and antinominanism.
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What is antinominan ethics?
The view that there are no moral principles or rules at all - spontaneous decision making.
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What is legalistic ethics?
An ethical system that contains rules for every situation and/or the association of doing good with simply following these rules.
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What is meant by agape love?
Agape love is christian love. It is the unconditional love they must show their neighbours.
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What is personalism?
Personalism is the ethic thatPersonalism is that human beings come first and are not treated as 'means'.
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What is relativism?
Relativism is the belief that nothing is objectively right or wrong. Therefore morals are relative.
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What is positivism?
Positivism is the principle that christians freely choose to believe that God is love and then act in a way reasonable with this faith statement.
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What is pragmatisim?
Pragmatisim states that any theory of ethics must be practical and work towards the end that is love.
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Name the first fundamental principle...
'Only one thing is intrinsically good; name love: nothing else at all'. This means that our actions are not intrinsically good or evil. They are good or evil depending upon whether they promote the most loving result.
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Name the second fundamental principle...
'The ruling norm of Christian decision is love:nothing else'. This means that the laws are not absolute and can be broken in order to produce the most loving outcome. e.g. Jesus healing on the Sabbath day.
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Name the third fundamental principle...
'Love and justice are the same, for justice is love distributed, nothing else'. This means that love and justice cannot be separated from each other.
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Name the fourth fundamental principle...
'Love wills the neighbour's good, whether we like him or not'. This means that love is greater than like and Jesus taught his followers to love your enemies.
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Name the fifth fundamental principle...
'Only the end justifies the means, nothing else'. Here, it shows that Fletcher focuses on the most loving end.
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Name the sixth fundamental principle...
'Love's decisions are made situationally, not prescriptively'. This means that all decsions should be based on the situation, not by principles. But should provide the most loving outcome.
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