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Religions 2017, 8(10), 224; doi:10.3390/rel8100224

Theocentric Love Ethics

Religious Studies, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Received: 17 August 2017 / Revised: 1 October 2017 / Accepted: 7 October 2017 / Published: 11 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics)
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Abstract

Joseph Selling proposes a contemporary revision of natural law ethics, making it more person-centered. Earlier James Gustafson insisted that natural law ethics was too egoist or anthropocentric, so his work proposed theocentrism as a corrective. Richard Gula in turn proposed an ethics that centers on imitating God’s relationships. This essay combines the merits of all three with the author’s own love-covenant basis for ethics. It contrasts secular and religious ethics, with the latter incorporating cooperation in communion with God. One strand of Aquinas’s theology indicates that religious discernment is an affective process of union with God, but the typical ways of describing this union court significant dangers of reducing either God to self or self to God. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural law; personalism; theocentrism; love; secularism; participation; cooperation; communion; identification; discernment natural law; personalism; theocentrism; love; secularism; participation; cooperation; communion; identification; discernment
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