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Duty or obligation as the foundation for moral decision-making is the basis for deontological ethics. This approach, which focused on the morality of actions and motives apart from results, was popularized by Immanuel Kant and continues to have significant influence today. I’ll offer five observations about the duty approach to ethics and then conclude by […] Read More

Duty or obligation as the foundation for moral decision-making is the basis for deontological ethics. The term derives from the Greek noun “deon,” which can be translated as duty or obligation. Students of New Testament Greek will be familiar with the Greek verb “dei,” which signifies a moral necessity or obligation. An example is found […] Read More

What is distinct about a Christian virtue ethic? Christians do not have a monopoly on virtue ethics. However, we should be confident that we have an important contribution to make to the broader discussion. We can be grateful for the work of scholars like Alasdair McIntyre, Stanley Hauerwas and Jonathan Wilson in emphasizing the importance […] Read More

Christians have no sense of “ownership” on virtues and virtue ethics. When Paul penned his message to the Galatians, he was aware that four centuries earlier the Greek philosopher Aristotle had emphasized the importance of virtues. Aristotle distinguished between intellectual virtues (traits that help us to think and reason well) and moral virtues (qualities that […] Read More

Virtue ethics offers a distinct approach to moral issues by concentrating on the character of social agents rather than an analysis of a particular dilemma. The foundational principle is that the actions of virtuous people will be morally sound and noble in nature. The Christian faith has emphasized virtue ethics through the centuries. A good […] Read More

Each day we are required to make a variety of moral decisions, and exposure to ethical theories can deepen our practice of Christian discipleship. Two major ethical streams are egoism and altruism, as I explained previously. Both ethical streams, the egoist and the altruist, are found in the Christian Scriptures, as revealed by Paul’s divergent […] Read More

Each day we are required to make a variety of moral decisions. The way we analyze different options is often based on intuition shaped by experience, family backgrounds, culture and faith traditions. For Christians, ethics is part of our commitment to follow Jesus into a broken world. We live in an age in which the […] Read More

Anniversary celebrations are more than festivals of achievement. They are opportunities to build up houses of faith. One of the ways we are observing our 25th anniversary is with the release of two much needed moral education resources. We’ve followed a cardinal rule for 25 years: organizations build a constituency with content – practical, helpful […] Read More