Posts in Ethics

Thoughts on the Old Testament and Economics

By Scott Rae Jan. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ethics, Old Testament, Philosophy

From the beginning, we learn that God created the world and called it good, making the material world fundamentally good (Gen. 1:31).  He further entrusted human beings with dominion over the earth—giving them both the privilege of enjoying the benefits of the material world, but also the responsibility for caring for the world.  We also learn that, from the beginning, God has implanted His wisdom into the world and given human beings the necessary tools to uncover His wisdom and apply it for their benefit (Proverbs 8:22-31).  God set human beings free to utilize their God-given intelligence, initiative and creativity in discerning and applying what the wisdom He embedded into the world—this is all a part of the responsible exercise of dominion over creation that brings innovation and productivity to benefit humankind.

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Doing the Right Thing: An Interview With Scott Rae

Nov. 25, 2013 11:25 a.m. Culture, Ethics

Scott Rae, professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot, just released the new book, Doing the Right Thing: Making Moral Choices in a World Full of OptionsHe kindly took some time to answer a few questions about the book.

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Seek the Welfare of the City: The Biblical Argument for Gun Control, Part One

By Moyer Hubbard Nov. 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ethics, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

This is the first of a series of blogs dealing with gun control from a Christian perspective. In this first installment, I sketch the general theological case for sane restriction on guns, particularly assault weapons, and apply biblical principles to common objections. In subsequent (shorter) posts, I will respond to alleged “biblical” arguments used by gun advocates, who claim that Scripture supports unrestricted access to lethal weaponry for private individuals.

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I Ran Across A Wedding Today

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 24, 2013 2:28 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Literally. This morning I was jogging on the beach and came across four people: (1) a minister, (2)  photographer, (3) a young man in a tux, and (4) a young lady in a wedding dress. I think the ceremony had just ended, because they were signing the marriage license as I ran by. What was sad was that there was not another person in sight.

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Theology of the Body and Sexual Harm

By John McKinley Oct. 9, 2013 12:01 a.m. Ethics, Marriage and Family, Theology

“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body” (1 Cor 6:18 NASB).

Why is sexual sin singled out as uniquely damaging to the body in a way that other physical actions are not? Substance abuse, gluttony, cutting—these are all harmful acts to the body, but they do not do what sexual misconduct does, according to Paul. Typical responses from students to explain this exception are that sex involves the whole person, or maybe because it involves someone else. The same could be said for illegal drug use, so there must be something more.

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Cheating in Sports and Life, Part Two

By John McKinley Jun. 28, 2013 6:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Theology

In response to the ongoing revelations of widespread cheating in professional sports, my earlier blog explored the idea of cheating as compared to New Testament ethics. So much for why athletes should not cheat, and what they should pursue instead. The doping problems in sport raise another question: what is someone responsible to do when she becomes aware of others' cheating? This question extends beyond sport to daily life evils that are preventable if someone in our lives would just speak up once in a while.

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Cheating in Sports and Life, Part One

By John McKinley Jun. 25, 2013 9:31 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Theology

Slowly, more top professional cyclists that were rivals of Lance Armstrong are mumbling confessions of the same carefully-worded sort that Lance released last January.  Some have been coerced by teams or government inquiries (as with the handful of Americans who testified to their own doping as part of implicating Lance Armstrong). The latest is Jan Ullrich, the German cyclist who placed second to Lance three times in the Tour de France. Like many others, Ullrich used the same worn out excuse that “everybody was doing it,” and that his joining the “medical program” was just a way to play on a level field. What are we to think of these things?

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