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Charles Marsh, Peter Slade, and Sarah Azaransky

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190630720.001.0001

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Doing Theological Ethics with Incompetent Christians

Doing Theological Ethics with Incompetent Christians

Social Problems and Religious Creativity

(p.54) 3 Doing Theological Ethics with Incompetent Christians
Lived Theology

Willis Jenkins

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on the deep and pressing challenge of climate change, and Christian responses (or lack thereof) to this crisis. Climate change serves as an example to explore the question of how to work from lived experience when religious communities seem incompetent to face important problems. The author argues that ethicists and theologians need to go beneath the surface appearance of experiences of incompetence or insufficient responses to pressing problems, and should look for the religious creativity hidden within those responses. Finally, the ethicist and theologian must, work to develop that creativity in the direction of a moral competence.

Keywords:   lived theology, climate change, ethics, creativity, religious communities

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