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Lesson 12 ~ Christian Ethics ~ Duties to Self and Society Part 2 ~ Essay

By:  Rev. Trent Murman


Please briefly translate caritas and cupitas. caritas (man's love of God) from cupiditas (the love of the world)

Please briefly describe Knudson's view on the disjunction of agape and eros in general as a false abstraction.  Albert C. Knudson, on the other hand, not only defends the position of Augustine as to man's duty to seek after God, but views the disjunction of agape and eros in general as a false abstraction.  To reject the eros idea, to exclude self-love and duties to self as non-Christian, and to limit Christian love to an "unmotivated" love to others is to create an abstract Christian ethic and to fall into a sentimental immoralism. . .The Christian ideal is self-realization through self-sacrifice.  Where in the New Testament can we find the following verse?: "…to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ."  Ephesians 4:15

To the Christian, who is the ultimate source of strength? God is the ultimate source of strength, as his will is the final standard of what is good.

Within the immediacy of interpersonal relations lies man's greatest capacity for self-giving love and his worst temptations to self-love. (T/F?)  True

Where in the New Testament can we find the following verse?: "Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."  1 Corinthians 10:12

Please state four (4) things that moral dullness may be the result of.  The unconscious hurts one gives one's wife or husband or child or the large-scale complacency before the evils of the world that makes an "immoral society" out of "moral men." It is willingness to enjoy advantages in one's own situation with indifference to "my neighbor" in the broader context that both necessitates and imposes barriers to Christian social action. This moral dullness, insofar as it is preventable, is sin.

Where can we find the following New Testament verse?: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2

Please state three (3) types of Christian actions open to us in challenging and changing the gigantic structure of social evil and social sin that infests our world. The first of these is generally termed social service. It consists of such matters as the relief of hunger and want, and the support of hospitals, homes, settlement houses, recreation centers, medical research foundations, and many other forms of "social welfare" and "charitable institutions".  A second type of duty to society is social education. It was noted above that in most evil situations, there is a mixture of willful sin with ignorance, provincialism, and narrowness of outlook, the blindness induced by the pull of the past through entrenched emotional attitudes, and in general a very complex set of social forces that thwart change under cover of identifying the will of God with things as they are.  The third form of social action is political and economic. It is here that the knottiest problems lie, for such action requires not only the peaceful casting of a vote on election day or the decision to buy or sell certain goods, but the exercise by our representatives if not by ourselves of coercive force

Please fill in the blank: Love  is relevant to every human situation;…

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