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Religions 2017, 8(10), 207; doi:10.3390/rel8100207

Hermeneutic and Teleology in Ethics across Denominations—Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth

Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4, UK
Received: 17 August 2017 / Revised: 15 September 2017 / Accepted: 17 September 2017 / Published: 27 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics)
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This study arises from the context of current debates in the Catholic Church on the place of rule and law in moral reasoning. I suggest that ethics may be best served by approaches that place the human subject in a teleogical context and that recognise the need for interpretation of circumstances surrounding actions to be evaluated. This is in contrast to normative rule approaches. The insights retrieved from the account of moral reasoning in Thomas Aquinas by Joseph Selling are compared with an account of the ethical implications of Karl Barth’s theology of hope as expressed in Volume Four of the Church Dogmatics. It is concluded that, in an ecumenical convergence, neither propose a normative rule approach. Rather both use a teleological context and require a hermeneutic of evaluation. View Full-Text
Keywords: moral theology; ethics; hermeneutics; discernment; moral development; intention; Thomas Aquinas; Karl Barth moral theology; ethics; hermeneutics; discernment; moral development; intention; Thomas Aquinas; Karl Barth
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Stewart, J. Hermeneutic and Teleology in Ethics across Denominations—Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth. Religions 2017, 8, 207.

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