Christian Ethics

Christian Ethics

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Christian Ethics

Christian Ethics

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"Let us learn to live according to Christianity," said Ignatius in the second century. No simpler or better definition of Christian ethics could be given. It is the science of living according to Christianity. Its subject-matter is broad as human life; its object is to bring all the materials of life under this supreme, formative principle, "According to Christ." Hence Christian ethics is not to be regarded as an individual discipline in virtue merely, but it constitutes also a social science. It was a prayer of social Christianity that an apostle offered for the Romans: "Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus." Christian ethics is the science of living well with one another according to Christ. A believer in those early days, speaking to a pagan, said of the communities of Christians, "We do not speak great things, we live them." Christian ethics--this science of living great things--does not follow an abstract theory of virtue, but proceeds from a creative Person. It gathers the fruit of the Spirit of Christ. Consequently it will not be merely an intellectual exposition of the ethical maxims of Jesus and his disciples; it will seek for the interpretation and reconciliation of human life and its problems in the wisdom of the Spirit of Christ.

Christian ethics has been said by Rothe to be, "in the proper sense of the word--a history; statistics and politics . . .

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