Thursday, March 30, 2006
Christian Ethics: Stanley Holmgren vs. Karl Holl (two completely different modes of Christian thought?)
“The Christian moral life…involves many encounters with unknown places. We must frequently decide what to do in new and even confusing circumstances…We need Christian character that has been shaped through practice, and which is open to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Christian conscience involves each and every one of these things as we steer our course through life. We must both think and feel, we must both remember and plan, and we must both hear and act. Involving all of these aspects of ourselves, conscience is the process of bringing the fullness of the Christian vision to bear upon a single choice.” (from Ethics After Easter, p. 123)
"Luther – unlike Kant (and Holmgren - JZ), and in express opposition to Aristotle – did not think the highest goal is attained where rational deliberation makes the correct choice among various possibilities of action. Action is truly moral, truly free, only when the good has become so instinctive that the only thought that presents itself is the correct one and this is at once implemented." (from The Reconstruction of Morality, p. 94)
Remember "Simple Simon", the Mantronix jam from 1988? I'd like to dedicate it to one of the two ethicist listed above. -- JAZ
p.s., If you would like me to email you this song, please post your address in the comments, and I'll deliver it to you pronto, deleting your email address immediately thereafter.
Posted by John Zahl at 7:52 PM