Go and Do Likewise by William Spohn
Jesus and Ethics

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What does Jesus have to do with ethics? There are two brief answers given by believers: "everything" and "not much". While evangelical or fundamentalist Christians would find authoritative guidance in the words and commands of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament, many theologians would say that Jesus is too concrete or narrowly particular to have any direct import for ethics. In this book, William Spohn takes a middle way, showing how Jesus becomes the "concrete universal" of Christian ethics. By forming a bridge from contemporary Christians to the words and deeds of Jesus, Jesus' story exemplifies moral perception, motivation and Christian identity. He shows how the practices of Christian spirituality (specifically prayer, service and community) trains the imagination and reorient emotions to produce a character and way of life to consonant with New Testament moral teaching.

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Spohn-Presidential Professor of Ethics & Common Good at Santa Clara University
Published January 1, 1999 by Continuum International Publishing Group. 196 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He also argues that Jesus is the ""concrete universal of Christian ethics, the paradigm that normatively guides Christian living."" He moves in the book's second section to a closer examination of the relationship between the story of Jesus and Christian ethics.

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Spohn, Presidential Professor of Ethics and the Common Good at Santa Clara University, the Christian practices of baptism, Eucharist, intercessory prayer, biblical meditation and discernment, forgiveness, and solidarity are the links between Jesus and ethics.

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