Life Library — Christian Ethics
The Appeal of Ethical Relativism
This article gives replies to someone who rejects the idea of morality and is based on reason rather than revelation. But sometimes a discussion with someone who does not share the faith can continue on the basis of what Martin Luther called “civil righteousness.”
Can War Be Just?
Current discussions of an unprovoked “first strike” against another country challenge the historic just-war doctrine. Is severely menacing behavior acceptable as legitimate basis for initiating an act of self defense? Never is the issue whether war is good. The issue is whether war is in all cases entirely avoidable.
Could You Be Addicted?
Whether some addictions may be more dangerous or less dangerous to our well-being, every kind of addiction seriously harms life to one degree or another. Christians can and do recover from addictions. Jesus is our freedom-giving Savior and Lord.
David and Jonathan
A story of unselfish love between brothers David and Jonathan. One risks his life to give life to the other through a kidney transplant.
Human Ethics and Animal Rights
It seems incongruous that even as we freely kill unborn humans made in the image of God in demonstration of “a woman’s right to choose,” we find ourselves defending the helpless non-human creature that we apparently value more than an unborn human child.
The Intrusion of Psychology into Christian Theology
Modern psychology is not an innocent helping-discipline to carelessly borrow from the left-hand kingdom and merge with pastoral theology. There are theories and techniques in psychology that grossly distort Christian truth and inflict grave spiritual damage. Christian pastors should be primarily concerned with theology, not psychology.
Pastoral Care of Desperate People
Pastors may become so genuinely caught up in a parishioner’s wrestling with whether or not to do “such and such” that they lose sight of the bigger picture. Decision-making is first about the worldview or “mind of Christ.”
The state acts as God’s agent when it kills those who have killed.