Can Christian Ethics Survive Within A Secular State?

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Can Christian Ethics survive in a secular state?.

Christian ethics is the study of the way of life that conforms to the will of God. Judgment of behaviour derives from the fundamental Christian virtues. These are prudence, fortitude, temperance and justice. Christian ethics is essentially a religious ethic and is deeply founded in the revelation of God. Therefore, “how does the decline of Christianity in modern Western societies impede the validity of a Christian ethical approach to contemporary issues?” (Vorster, 2012). Using Vorster’s article as inspiration for research, I will be discussing whether in society today, true Christian ethics can be found. True Christian ethics involve “concepts like stewardship, readiness to serve and obedience to God” (Vorster, 2012). However, can these concepts flourish in an “environment where hard, rude pursuit of profits, wealth and prosperity are pursued” (Vorster, 2012).
Augustine accepted the natural virtues of philosophers (prudence, fortitude, temperance and justice) but subordinated them to the “infused virtues” of faith, hope and love. We live in a different world context today and we have to rethink the relevance of Christian life not only from an individual personal perspective but also in terms of broader social Christian ethics (Wyk, 2010). Christian ethics is distinctive because it is the ethics of the New Testament, we don’t often think about it in that way. If we’re going to describe what Christian ethics is we must use…
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