Biblical Interpretation and Christian Ethics (New Studies in by J. I. H. McDonald

By J. I. H. McDonald

What position does the Bible have in Christian ethics this day? How may still the Bible be interpreted within the context of present ethical obstacle? How does one comprehend the ethics within the Bible, and the way do such ethics relate to the interpreter's personal existence and values? those are many of the questions addressed via this crucial e-book, the 1st finished therapy of those concerns. The previous century of Biblical interpretation in terms of Christian ethics is visible to encompass 3 stages. within the first section, liberal students spoke back to new equipment of Biblical feedback and attempted to make feel of Biblical ethics from views derived from the Enlightenment. within the moment part, a extra radical disjunction among Biblical tradition and modern day tradition used to be noticeable to emerge. numerous makes an attempt have been made to deal with this disjunction, starting from outright skepticism to existentialism. within the 3rd and ultimate part, often referred to as postmodernism, the relation among textual content and interpretation is seen as relatively extra troublesome. There may be no dealing with of texts--in relation to ethics or something else--that is self reliant of interpretation. Dr. McDonald bargains a stimulating research of the connection among Biblical interpretation and Christian ethics in either prior and current.

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History is a process, a continuum fed by human purposes, but no allembracing purpose or absolute principle can be posited. Values arise within it, but no one value transcends it. Idealism is too simplistic. Knowledge comes through the active engagement of the whole mind with its world. One wonders if the text is still being absorbed into the penumbra of the critic's imagination. Does Dilthey's scepticism lead to total relativism? The answer seems to be cnot entirely'. Dilthey points to the fact that every Weltanschauung or world view evinces a unity of outlook, sponsored by religion, art, philosophy or other cultural agent.

It also contains eternal, unchangeable, divine truths which one can fully explain to himself and make comprehensible to others, never on the ground of history and grammar alone, but rather by one's own spirit... (C. F. Staudlin)1 The concern for historical experience which was a by-product of the Age of Enlightenment created the demand for an understanding of the Christian faith in which the historical and moral dimensions enshrined eternal truth. Theologians and biblical interpreters looked to the historical Jesus to supply the focus which the times demanded.

Here is, par excellence, a theologically grounded and relational understanding of faith and life. The familiar outline of Pauline theology, based mainly on Romans and Galatians, emphasises Christ as the end of the Torah, the new relationship with God in Christ through faith and the inner reality and 26 Biblical interpretation and Christian ethics witness of the Spirit, who is the power of the new life freed from bondage to sin and slavery to the law. Faith is the active principle which works through love (Gal.

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