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Christian Moral Realism: Natural Law, Narrative, Virtue, and the Gospel (Rufus Black) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780198270201
Christian Moral Realism: Natural Law, Narrative, Virtue, and the Gospel (Rufus Black) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780198270201
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Title: Christian Moral Realism: Natural Law, Narrative, Virtue, and the Gospel

Author: Black, Rufus

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198270201

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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This book describes the shape of a Christian ethic that arises from a conversation between contemporary accounts of natural law theory, and virtue ethics. The ethic that emerges from this conversation seeks to resolve the tensions in Christian ethics between creation and eschatology, narrative and natural law, and objectivity and relativity. Black moves from this analytic foundation to conclude that worship lies at the heart of a theologically grounded ethic whose central concern is the flourishing of the whole human person in community with both one another and God.ContentsAbbreviations 1 'Is', 'ought' and theological ethics 1.1 Facts and values 1.2 Splitting hairs or finding a sound basis for ethics 1.3 The Grisez School and the practical nature of ethics 1.4 The relationship between the ethics of the Grisez School and the prescriptivism of R. M. Hare 1.5 Challenges to the claim that an 'ought' cannot be derived from an 'is' 1.6 The quest to find the connection between world-views and moral values 2 Is the new natural law theory a substantive form of moral realism? 2.1 The integral relationship between basic human goods and human nature 2.2 Self-evidence and the basic human goods 2.3 From realist foundations to moral conclusions 2.4 Self-evidence and the foundations of practical reason 2.5 The operational relationship between practical and theoretical reason 2.6 Related challenges to moral realism 3 What makes Christian ethics Christian? 3.1 Four features of knowledge 3.2 The fall of moral knowledge 3.3 Discerning the moral order in a fallen world 3.4 The distinctness of Christian ethics 3.5 Transfiguring the ethic of creation 3.6 Has Grisez produced a form of Christian ethics? 3.7 The final hurdle: finding the way between voluntarism and rationalism 4 The relationship between narrative ethics and Christian moral realism 4.1 The truthfulness of narratives and the structure of narrative ethics 4.2 Towards the complementarity of narrative ethics and Christian moral realism 4.3 Narrative as moral deliberation 4.4 Returning to rules 5 Choice, character, virtue, and emotion: towards an integrated account of moral agency 5.1 The need for a theory of character 5.2 Hauerwas's account of character 5.3 The relationship between Christian moral realism and Hauerwas's theory of character 5.4 The epistemological priority of character and its problems 5.5 The place of the emotions in moral deliberation 5.6 The way forward 6 Worship and ethics 6.1 Participation, anticipation and the Kingdom of God 6.2 Worship as the Jacob's Ladder of the Kingdom 6.3 Gathering in the Spirit 6.4 Praise and thanksgiving 6.5 The liturgy of the Word 6.6 Vocational sacraments 6.7 Confession 6.8 The Eucharist 6.9 Mission and intercession 6.10 The going forth of the people of God Bibliography Index
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