Tuesday, January 5, 2016

GOE Day Three 2016

Set 3: Christian Ethics and Moral Theology
According to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, those who are baptized promise to follow and obey Jesus as their Lord; and those who are ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood promise that they are willing and ready to obey their bishop and other ministers who may have authority over them and their work [BCP: 303, 526, 538].
Obedience has been described in many ways that articulate differing aspects or perceptions of the concept. Consider the following two quotes:
A 20th century Christian mystic has written that “Obedience is the only pure motive, the only one which does not in the slightest degree seek a reward for the action but leaves all care of reward to the Father who is in secret and sees in secret.”
The views of a contemporary artist have been characterized with the following words,  “All the world’s problems stem from obedience ... war, genocide, and slavery [are] products of such silent compliance.”
In an essay of about 1,000 words:
Provide an ethical definition of Christian obedience that takes into account promises of Baptism and Ordination, explaining how obedience is viewed in Christian life and ministry, as set within the Christian tradition of moral reflection.

Address each of the above quotes, describing how obedience in Christian life and ministry is the same as, or different from, what is suggested by the phrase, “silent compliance.”

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