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Time and History in Theological Ethics: The Work of James Gustafson

Stanley Hauerwas
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring, 1985), pp. 3-21
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40014997
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

This essay traces Gustafson's understanding of the methodological significance of history and time for theological ethics. I argue that Gustafson qualifies his original thoroughgoing historicist perspective in the interest of developing a natural theology and ethics. His continuing emphasis on a historical perspective, I suggest, is best understood by attending to his recommendation that the theologian's task is best captured by the image of the "participant."

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