TITLE

EMOTIONS AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS: REASSESSMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Wynn, Mark
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Studies in Christian Ethics;2004, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p35
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In recent years there have been various attempts to relate theories of emotion to the concerns of Christian ethics. In this article, I consider two such attempts, those of Daniel Maguire and Paul Lauritzen, and thereby identify five ways in which a theory of emotion might in principle contribute to the formulation of a Christian ethic. I then argue that some recent developments in theoretical reflection on the emotions, especially the idea that feelings may be world-directed in their own right, enable these five points of connection to be stated with new clarity and cogency. The article concludes that a theory of emotion can help to articulate the following claims: love is properly a cardinal concept for ethical theory; there are specifically Christian emotions, which make possible a specifically Christian moral personality; religious faith (informed by 'real assent') is a cognitive state which is of its nature motivationally effective.
ACCESSION #
32512668

 

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