Ethics in the Light of the Gospel

Ziegler:  “An ethic of justification will be one that “takes seriously the activity of the God who acts,” since the advent of justification establishes the reality-the moral field-within which the question of ethics is to be firmly set. Justification, says Lehmann following Calvin closely at this point, is that act of God by which our “true position in the world-as a pilgrim between creation and redemption-is put within the orbit of [human] knowledge and behaviour in the world.” It is the task of Christian ethics therefore to raise the question of the good and the right in light of the “disconcerting consequences” of God’s gracious action for the human creature in Jesus Christ. The repentance that flows from faith in this regard, transforms worry about virtue into desire for obedience, the strictures of duty into the gift of vocation.


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