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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.33 no.2 Pretoria  2012 



Christian ethics in the face of secularism



Jakobus M. Vorster

School of Ecclesiastical Studies, North-West University, South Africa





This article deals with the implications of modern secularism for the concept of Christian ethics. How does the decline of Christianity in modern Western societies impede the validity of a Christian ethical approach to contemporary social issues? The concept secularism is explained. The argument then moves to the meta-theory of Christian ethics, namely the revelation of God as it is expressed in the 'book of nature', the written word, and the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. The article concludes that as long as Christian ethics remains faithful to this meta-theory, understands the modern macro-ethical questions and maintains a deep social focus, it will remain relevant in a secular society.



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Koos Vorster
2 Joostestreet
Potchefstroom 2531
South Africa

Received: 13 Apr. 2012
Accepted: 04 Sept. 2012
Published: 06 Dec. 2012

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