Taking the quandary out of Christian ethics

Deane-Peter Baker, Jonathan More

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"What Would Jesus Do?" might well go down in history as the defining catch phrase for a generation of young Christian believers. It is not unique, however, in its act-centred, problem-solving approach. Indeed, this kind of "quandary ethics" has for some time been the defining approach of Christian ethics. In this paper the authors contend that this approach reflects a modernist naturalism more than it reflects authentic biblical Christianity. The argument is made through an analysis of the distinctives of ancient and modern approaches to ethics, and an exposition of a sample biblical text, 1 Corinthians 8.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of theology for Southern Africa
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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