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Christian Freedom and Responsibility

Silcock, Jeffrey (2014) Christian Freedom and Responsibility. In: Seminar on Lutheran Ethics, 7-9 October 2013, Ecumenical Center, Council of Church Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.


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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: Conference Papers (Paper)
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: 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 > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Jeffrey G Silcock
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 00:15
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2015 00:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1779

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