Politics and the Pulpit (Once Again) - Stanley Fish Blog - NYTimes.com Stanley Fish wrote an interesting article last week on a developing debate in the US over the right of Preachers to advocate for particular presidential candidates from the pulpit. Under legislation introduced by Lyndon Johnson in 1954, any Pastor who endorses a particular… Continue reading Politics and the Pulpit
"Tell me honestly, I challenge you - answer me: imagine that you are charged with building the ediface of human destiny, the ultimate aim of which is to bring people happiness, to give them peace and contentment at last, but that in order to achieve this it is essential and unavoidable to torture just one… Continue reading Consequential Ethics
Neither Virtue nor Value seems to provide a completely adequate account of ethics from a Christian standpoint. This should hardly be surprising, considering that both notions depend on theories that are not governed by a Christian understanding of the world. However, we should not be too quick to completely dismiss either of these ethical theories.… Continue reading Limitations and Questions
The term â€˜valueâ€™ immediately suggests its background: it was raised in the fertile fields of Economic theory. The way for â€˜valueâ€™ to enter ethical discourse was opened through the influence of 19th century Utilitarian philosophy - itself almost entirely an application of economic principles to ethical theory. The use of â€˜valueâ€™ as an ethical term… Continue reading What is ‘Value’?
One of the difficult pleasures of thinking through writing is reading back over what you have written. It's pleasurable, in that I can see the way in which ideas have coalesced and materialised on the page. It's difficult in that I go too far, say too much, and end up disagreeing with myself. So I'm… Continue reading What is a Virtue?
Being Virtuous is a dead end profession. It doesn't have any future, not only that, it's got no 'go-forward', no 'oomph'. It doesn't exactly reach out and grab you by the kidneys, you know... Those who argue that virtue is its own reward are already giving the game away. For an ethical system to work,… Continue reading Virtue and Values III