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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
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Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.33 no.2 Pretoria  2012 



Personal-ethical perspectives in the work of Etienne de Villiers



André C.J. van NiekerkI, II

IDepartment of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
IIDutch Reformed Church Waterkloof, Nieu-Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa





With a mixture of hesitation and gratitude, the author undertook a reflection from a pastor's viewpoint on Etienne de Villiers's personal-ethical contributions to date. The distinguishing term 'personal' in 'personal ethics' is problematic, but the discussion thereof provided an opportunity to demonstrate that De Villiers did not develop a narrowed individual ethic, and decidedly also did not elect to take the route of Dilschneider's 'personal ethics', but provided valuable contributions on ethical issues of a more personal nature. De Villiers's greatest contribution concerns fundamental ethics which, viewed from the perspective of our history, as well as from our current situation, is now most essential for authenticity. This more fundamental focus on ethics has numerous implications for social ethics and also for more personal ethics.



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André van Niekerk
PO Box 75125
Lynnwood Ridge 0040
South Africa

Received: 19 June 2012
Accepted: 19 Sept. 2012
Published: 06 Dec. 2012

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