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Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics [Paperback]

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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802806929  
EAN  9780802806925  

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This seminal work makes a cogent and compelling case for Christian ethics based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Drawing on a profound knowledge both of the history of Christina thought and of contemporary ethical theology, O'Dovovan illumines such important concepts as freedom, authority, nature, history, and revelation. Also includes an extensive new prologue in which the author enters into critical dialogue with four key figures in Christian ethics: Finnis, Honecker,Hauerwas and Barth.

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In this seminal work Oliver O'Donovan delineates a convincing theological ethics from an evangelical standpoint that illumines such important concepts as freedom, authority, nature, history, and revelation. For this revised edition O'Donovan has added a substantial prologue that, taking account of critical responses to the first edition, more fully locates his argument and position in relation to some current alternatives.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Oliver O'Donovan is a fellow of the British Academy and professor emeritus of Christian ethics and practical theology at the University of Edinburgh. His other books include The Desire of the Nations, The Ways of Judgment, andResurrection and Moral Order.

Oliver O'Donovan has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oxford Oxford University University of Oxford University.

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Living in the Renewed Creation  Dec 5, 2006
O'Donovan argues that "evangelical" ethics is ethical living in light of the renewed and renewing creation. The created order--the order of creation, the purpose for which it was established--is vindicated in the cross/resurrection of Christ and is given back to God's people. Although the point is not specifically made, it seems O'Donovan is stressing a teleological ethic (although I wouldn't pin him down on such).

He then proceeds to critique historicist ethics, particularly the Marxist form. Following, he argues that a corollary of ethics is epistemology: the Christian's knowledge is in key and in part a *knowledge in Christ.* While not a primary or exhaustive part of knowledge, *experience* is a factor in knowing. For the Christian knowledge often comes in light of suffering and the way of the Cross (my favorite part of the book).

I found his section on "eschatology" most compelling and most underdeveloped. He seems to posit a realized eschatology. This is good. He anticipates on one hand the coming resurrection but also the the powerful in-breaking of the eschaton into the present order (see thesis of book). Some excerpts:

The resurrection of Christ redeems and transforms the created order (56).

The work of the Holy Spirit defines an age--the age in which all times are immediately present to that time, the time of Christ (103)

Some criticisms:
The book left me with questions concerning "what to do?" Having read it, what should be my response? This is probably the fault of the reader, and thus I need to reread it.

I wasn't quite clear of his criitques of natural law. I was interested in a critique of natural law theories, and he gave some, but I couldn't make sense of them (again, my fault and not OO). On the other hand, however, his critique of the Roman Catholic sexual ethic, based on natural law, was quite good.
An impressive synthesis and an ambitous constructive effort.  Feb 13, 1998
O'Donovan articulates a Christian, evangelical ethics that is broad in scope and dialogues with several positions. He seems to chart a path between Barth of the reformed tradition and St. Thomas' natural law position. The outcome, resting on a distinction between the created order and Providence, tries to sustain the absolute freedom of God while maintaining a consistent moral field rooted in creation. His conclusion that the command of God does not vitiate the created and restored natural order is attractive, but will not be persuading to all.

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