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"Wer weiss denn, was gut ist für den Menschen?" Zur Bedeutung des Alten Testaments für die evangelische Ethik


Krüger, Thomas (2011). "Wer weiss denn, was gut ist für den Menschen?" Zur Bedeutung des Alten Testaments für die evangelische Ethik. Zeitschrift für Evangelische Ethik, 55(4):248-261.

Abstract

In Protestant Ethics, the Old Testament is frequently seen as a collection of moral rules of which the main points are summarised in the Decalogue. By way of contrast, this contribution would like to call attention to the various challenges concerning ethical reflections in the OT. Examples for that are the problem of the knowledge of good and evil, the problem of implementing what is perceived as good in the conduct of life, the meaning of feelings and intuition for morals, the problem of guiltiness (or sin) and how it is processed, the question of justice in the course of the world, the ratio of morals and law, morals and culture, as well as morals and religion. Protestant Ethics (assisted by OT Study with its historical-critical approach) should therefore rather not adopt the OT as a teaching book in morals, but as a learning book in ethics.

In Protestant Ethics, the Old Testament is frequently seen as a collection of moral rules of which the main points are summarised in the Decalogue. By way of contrast, this contribution would like to call attention to the various challenges concerning ethical reflections in the OT. Examples for that are the problem of the knowledge of good and evil, the problem of implementing what is perceived as good in the conduct of life, the meaning of feelings and intuition for morals, the problem of guiltiness (or sin) and how it is processed, the question of justice in the course of the world, the ratio of morals and law, morals and culture, as well as morals and religion. Protestant Ethics (assisted by OT Study with its historical-critical approach) should therefore rather not adopt the OT as a teaching book in morals, but as a learning book in ethics.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
Language:German
Date:October 2011
Deposited On:24 Oct 2011 13:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:02
Publisher:Gütersloher Verl.-Haus
ISSN:0044-2674
Official URL:http://www.zee.de
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-50142

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