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Christian Freedom and Responsibility

Silcock, Jeffrey (2014) Christian Freedom and Responsibility. In: Introduction to Lutheran Ethics. Lutheran Study Centre, Sabah Theological Seminary, Sabah, Malaysia, pp. 29-45,. ISBN Not Assigned

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    This articles explores the significance for today of Luther's famous thesis in his Freedom of a Christian (1520): A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. The Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all. It argues that modern Protestant ethics has failed to maintain Luther's twofold dialectical statement and has consequently fallen into either legalism or antinomianism. Following Hütter, it shows how a purely forensic view of justification and a purely negative view of the law together have contributed to the erosion of modern Christian ethics, which has been very much influenced by liberal Protestantism. Hütter has a nice way of keeping freedom and law together. He says that the Christian ethic has a twofold centre: evangelical freedom and God’s commandments.

    Item Type: Book Chapters
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Freedom, law, gospel, legalism, antinomianism, Luther, Protestant ethics, Christian freedom, justification, lawgospel distinction,
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
    Depositing User: Dr Jeffrey G Silcock
    Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 10:15
    Last Modified: 29 Jun 2015 10:15
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1777

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