Some Postcards from John: 2 and 3 John for Today

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Transformation is not only possible, it will happen - Why can sin only be understood from a religious understanding of Life? o "Apart from a religious understanding of life, sin has no meaning." "The concept of sin requires that we envision ourselves as creatures that are oriented to God and fulfilled in God, but also accountable to God." (page 156) o "contrary to nature"- "any acts, habits, and ways of being that diminish us, thwart our flourishing, or oppose our well-being are rightly described as this" (page 156) o "Social sin captures how the cancer of evil infests society's structures and institutions, often becoming legally enshrined in them." (page 160) o "Social sin illumines how each of us is surrounded and influenced by evils we did not create but, if they are to our advantage, often protect and increases." (page 160) o "Social sin is something we discover, not something we initiate, we nonetheless contribute to it and, sadly, too often remain untroubled by it." (page 160) - Wadell quotes Thomas Aquinas' declaration that there lives in us a "bent towards disorder."

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Can Ethics Be Christian?

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It is especially promoted by political conservatives. Indeed all human laws and precepts are fundamentally the conclusions, or more minute determinations, of the general principles of the natural law, and for this very reason every deliberate infraction of a law or precept binding in conscience is a sin, i.e. the violation of a Divine commandment, a rebellion against God, an offence against Him, which will not escape punishment in this life or in the next, unless duly repented of before death.

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Sex and the Christian Teen

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Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997. However, the experience of the Christianization of the legal system inherited from the pagan Rome under Emperor Justinian proved to be quite successful. Similarly, the creation is first and foremost God’s possession, not humanity’s.” Essentially, as Karl Barth suggests, “a loan from God to humans.” See Michael S. However, it is also a definition which can be used by an unbeliever as well as by a Christian There is a BETTER definition: Ethics is “theology, viewed as a means of determining which human persons, acts, and attitudes receive God’s blessing and which do not.” John Frame, Doctrine of the Christian Life, 1 Because of God’s grace, the believer has been brought into relationship with God, relationship that brings about obligations to love God and to keep his commandments Morality is “the end result of ethical deliberation, the substance of right and wrong,” Rae, MC, 15 A BETTER definition: Morality is the end result of the process of “determining which human persons, acts and attitudes receive God’s blessing and which do not.” -John Frame, Ethics Syllabus Aristotle, “Virtue is a state of character concerned with choice, lying in a mean, i.e., the mean relatively to us.” Nichomachean Ethics, ix. (Excellence) In Scripture, arete, areth, Gk., is not a result of formation of habits, the mean between excess and deficiency, but the result of the presence of the grace of God II Peter 1:5, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge” For the non-Christian, the highest good assumes the current state of affairs to be normative: What is wrong with this picture?

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Seven Deadly Sins

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In the framework of the church, there are some given to the church, by the Spirit of God to rule in the church. Since finding the mean is difficult, Aristotle advises that we should keep away from that extreme which is more contrary to the mean, since one extreme is always more erroneous than the other. notice the errors into which we ourselves are most liable to fall and drag ourselves in the contrary direction. guard ourselves especially against pleasure.

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Sex and the Soul of a Woman: How God Restores the Beauty of

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Walter Hearn has ably dealt with day-to-day questions in his Being a Christian in Science (InterVarsity, 1997). They are: (1) Love for God over Love for Man (2) Obey God over Government (3) Mercy over Veracity. Eph 5:21-33 does not present a husband-wife relationship of one-sided domination. Can it support, for example a right to life for an early embryo or even a right to respect? Aquinas's thoughts become the model for later Scholastics and Jurists to expand and to gradually to universalize beyond Christendom – notably, for instance, in relations with the peoples of America following European incursions into the continent.

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Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader

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Paul encouraged the Philippians to "work out [their]. .. salvation [that is, to let the inward change be outwardly visible]. .. Said the philosopher Immanuel Kant, "Form without content is empty; content without form is blind." The Bible would not have enough room to include every possible situation that we could be faced with or we not even be able to lift it. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." "In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to men.

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The Sickness Unto Death

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Newman examines this critical issue in his article – "The Caribbean's Response to the Great Commission - History and Models of Response, published in the Caribbean Journal of Evangelical Theology, Issue #1.... [tags: Religion Christian] Could I cause another brother to stumble, if so I would be better not to be involved in something that could affect a brother. He adds that charity is the source of peace which aims at ending conflict not only with others but also within oneself (29.1).

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Six Great Ideas

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Its method is to begin with this human existence as a fact without any ready-made preconceptions about the essence of man. There are two main sections on this paper. Whereas dogmas are understood to be the object of authoritative definitions and must be accepted by one who considers oneself to be a member of the Church, and doctrines are generally considered to be 'theologically certain' if not actually irreformable, there are a significant number of 'teachings' that may be more or less important but for which there is no clear measure.

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A Macrotheory of Justice: A Response to Contemporary

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Gustafson in Curran and McCormick, Use, pp. Gula 'Let conscience be your guide' is a reliable moral maxim. The meaning of paintings such the one from the National Gallery depicting St. Furthermore, and very unfortunately, Singer remains consistently dismissed as a ‘popularizer’ who can’t be taken seriously as an academic given how widely his work is read. Current patent law in the US permits patenting particular DNA sequences, rather than limiting patents to the processes used to identify them, modify them, or the like.

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Facing Ethical Issues: Dimensions of Character, Choices &

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All the important organs such as kidneys and brain suffer from oxygen lack and the condition is seriously life-threatening. I am indebted to Dennis Prager who has listed Judeo-Christian Values and elaborated on this subject long before I took it up; and those who know his work will recognize many of his thoughts. 1. He tries, in short, to make himself God. Throughout recorded history women have sought means to end unwanted pregnancies, with or without the help of semi-skilled practitioners.

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