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First Comes Love, Then What?: Challenging Your Assumptions

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In the past, hypnosis has been used illicitly for bellicose aims: not just for political propaganda, but also for so-called 'brainwashing' or as a substitute for 'truth serum'. There are two distinct steps, therefore, in any attempt to apply biblical material in Christian ethics: interpretation of biblical texts and some kind of appropriation or contemporization. This would include a consideration of the value of preserving life, human freedom, and lack of pain (McCormick, 1981a, p. 399).

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The Decalogue and a Human Future: The Meaning of the

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There is a turning away from God and from obedience to God that characterizes this as a ‘fall into sin’. Finally, there is the church with power, in which the church moves from persuasion to "more coercive" actions through its use of its institutional power to affect public policy. Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. Thanks to Lisa for sending the link to me via email.

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No God, No Science?: Theology, Cosmology, Biology

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Critical unbelievers sometimes attack a “straw man,” over-simplifying what Christians mean, or should mean, by absolutism. M.� Divine Command Morality.� New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1979. Why have the students not internalized this Christian behaviour?" It should be noted that these values do not inherently contradict one another, but it is often not possible to have all of these values at the same time, so that some sort of prioritization must be found to determine which are most strategically desirable in a given period of history.

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Is Nothing Sacred?: When Sex Invades the Pastoral

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Wayne Grudem [57] Chapter 18: Doctrine of Prayer (Pt. 2 of 4) - Dr. Jesus Himself said: "Except a man be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 26:198-225. Selecting terminology to refer to specific concepts (i.e. defining one’s terms) is how all language works, not some sort of “temporary stipulation,” as you say. It is only in the domain—the relatively narrow one—of concrete and particular directives and operative norms (III, 3, b, bb) that the moral judgments and the exhortations of the New Testament should be rethought.

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Good Sex: A Christian and a Pagan Discuss Sexual Ethics

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We ought not spend so much on procedures that benefit only a few that we neglect doing what would benefit many. When we ask, ‘Is the fetus a person?’ we are asking the same sort of limiting, self-justifying question that the lawyer asked Jesus, ‘Who is my neighbor?’.... Grant to work on the book The Morality of Adoption, Metanexus Institute, 2004. These are the survival and security requirements at the bottom of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human needs.

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Christian Acts of Kindness (Random acts of kindness)

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All over the country, Randian enthusiasts discussed her books with an almost religious fervor. Scripture references are linked directly to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with the English Bible translations of your choice. It is also a habit or virtue that we need to acquire and nourish. It may be confused with the latter because the transcendent character of its love ideal is implicit rather than explicit in the teachings of Jesus. Watch the film here and think for yourself: Are there things that you would forgive and things that you wouldn’t forgive?

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The Church and Secularity: Two Stories of Liberal Society

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Prominent advocates of the new morality, also called situation ethics, generally agree that man's reason should be the instrument of moral judgment. He also allows us some discretion about our own preferences on matters not commanded, prohibited, or negatively affecting others. Catholic ecclesiology recognizes a special teaching office in matters of faith and morals that is given to the church, specifically the pope and the bishops. To ask the question 'What is an appropriate way of living or an appropriate way of doing things for one who professes and shares faith with the People of God?' then, it is first necessary to consult the meaning of that faith as it is carried through time and place by the believing community — the Church.

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Theological Ethics, Volume 1: Foundations

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This is followed by some very general points about using the Bible in the context of Christian ethics. Temptations will surround us on a daily basis, and it is our own free will to resist them or not resist them. That it’s okay for Christians to find meaning in some of our possessions. Noyce12 summarizes the responsibility of ministry as three-fold — keeping our promises, honoring our commitments, and maintaining moral lifestyles. People experienced a sense of displacement from their previously perceived status in the universe.

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Studying War-No More?: From Just War to Just Peace

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There must be no better alternative (the requirement of last resort). Farley's manner is academic but not obscure, and once readers grow comfortable with it, they will reap the benefits of wisdom gleaned from decades of teaching and scholarship.... During the Civil War it was said that “a nation divided against itself cannot stand.” That was at a time when this nation was divided into two halves. Sanders, Ethics in the New Testament (London: SCM Press 1975, 2nd edn 1986): '[Jesus'] ethical teaching is interwoven with his imminent eschatology to such a degree that every attempt to separate the two and to draw out only the ethical thread invariably and inevitably draws out strands of the eschatology, so that both yarns only lie in a heap.

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Theology and Families

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Barry Asmus [288] Christian Ethics: Commandment 7 - Reproductive Technology - Dr. Blood transfusions and skin grafts, which had been the procedures common prior to this period, were not generally seen to pose a problem. To commit a sin is to alienate oneself from the divine.” [1] His statement, to a certain extent, clearly asserts that in the spiritual relationship between humans (creatures) and God (Creator) any alienation from the divine can be considered as a sin.

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