By Robin Gill
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Extra resources for A Textbook of Christian Ethics, 3rd Edition
Most complicated o f all is Augustine's concept o f 'grace'. For him, grace was essential, both to enable people to act rightly in the first place and to allow them to continue to act rightly (cf . the scholasti c distinctio n betwee n prevenien t an d cooperan t grace) . Grace appears t o b e irresistibl e but , a t th e sam e time , i t doe s no t destro y fre e will . e. Jews, 'heretics' and schismatics, but not complete 'pagans'), some are foreordained to become Christian s throug h baptism , but backslid e an d ar e also damned , an d other s are elected, no t jus t to b e Christians , but als o t o receiv e the gif t o f final perseverance and, eventually, that o f eternal lif e i n heaven (cf .
Thi s structure is deliberate, no t because critiqu e i s considered unimportant, bu t rathe r becaus e analysi s 17 A TEXTBOO K O F CHRISTIA N ETHICS must be as full and informed as possible befor e a serious critique ca n be made. O f course, students shoul d b e encourage d t o mak e thei r ow n critique . I t i s a n essentia l par t o f learning. In each case an attempt i s made to suggest some of the strengths an d weaknesse s of the particular excerpt, not only in relation to the internal ideas of the work from which it is taken, but als o i n relation t o th e ideas an d theorie s o f other exponents of Christia n ethics.
Even though it will be noted that , at times, there are appeals t o conscienc e and natura l la w evident i n hi s Texts , hi s intende d sola Scriptura stress remains. It is important t o emphasize the word 'intended'. Occasions will be noted when Luther' s positio n goe s clearl y beyon d th e biblica l evidence . Nevertheless , i n hi s mind, h e was always attempting to be faithful t o the Bible - i n contrast t o th e Roman Catholic Churc h whic h had , i n hi s view , constructe d a n entirel y extra-biblical , an d therefore illegitimate , structure.
A Textbook of Christian Ethics, 3rd Edition by Robin Gill