A Moral Ontology for a Theistic Ethic: Gathering the Nations in Love and Justice

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Ashgate, 2003 - Religion - 201 pages
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This book develops a moral ontology for a theistic ethic that engages the work of contemporary moral and political philosophers, and reaffirms the relevance of a theistic tradition of God's relation to the world reflected in the fundamental teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Drawing on recent thought in the non-religious fields of psychology and political and moral philosophy, which build around the concept of human flourishing in community, Kirkpatrick argues that a theistic ethic need not be the captive of parochial or sectarian theological camps. He proposes a common or universal ethic that transcends the fashionable ethnocentric 'incommensurate differences' in morality alleged by many post-modern deconstructionists. In the wake of ethnic religious strife post September 11th 2001, this book argues for a common morality built on the inclusivity of love, community, and justice that can transcend sectarian and parochial boundaries.

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Frank G. Kirkpatrick is the Ellsworth Morton Tracy Lecturer and Professor of Religion at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. He is author of Together Bound: God, History and the Religious Community, The Ethics of Community, and A Moral Ontology for a Theistic Ethic.

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