An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation

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University Press of America, 1995 - Religion - 230 pages
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An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation addresses how to reconcile the lawful order seen in the world, which the Institute for Christian Studies takes as given by God, with the need for human compassion, also called for by God. The Institute sponsored this book in celebration of their twenty-fifth anniversary. An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation opens with a study of parables relevant to today and closes with a meditation by Langdon Gilkey on the ideas brought forth in this book. A study of the history of the idea of 'creation order', central to the Institute's philosophical tradition, is followed by a controversial challenge suggesting how that philosophical tradition can be changed to give centrality to the viewpoint of compassion toward vulnerable people and the physical environment. Medical ethics, the environment, and gender chauvinism serve as case studies for issues of compassion and created order. Contributors: Atie Th. Bruggemann-Kruijff, Adrienne Chaplin, Jonathan Chaplin, John Cooper, Calvin B. DeWitt, Harry Fernhout, Langdon Gilkey, Sander Griffioen, Caroll Guen Hart, John E. Hare, Hendrik Hart, Sylvia C. Keesmaat, J. Richard Middleton, James Olthius, Elaine Storkey, Johan van der Hoeven, Allen D. Verhey, Brian J. Walsh, Albert M. Wolters, Nicholas Wolterstorff. Copublished with the Institute for Christian Studies.
 

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Contents

Opening Meditations For a CreationOrder Tradition
4
Setting the Table
17
A Historical Look at Our Heritage
33
Response to Albert M Wolters
49
Judging Law and Transforming Vision Response to Albert M Wolters
57
Response to Albert M Wolters
62
Critique and Refinement
67
Response to Hendrik Hart
97
Reply to My Respondents
115
Biblical Hermeneutics and a Medical Ethos of Compassion
129
Response to Allen D Verhey
153
A Response to Allen Verhey
158
When Is Against Nature Against Nature?
166
When Is Sex Against Nature?
188
Is Male Dominance Against Nature?
206
A Meditation on Order Sin and Grace
214

Response to Hendrik Hart
102
Response to Hendrik Hart
109
A Summing Up
226
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