Collective Ethics Matter

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Collective Ethics Matter

Postby KeithE » Mon May 14, 2018 5:21 pm

I want to share what Roger Olson thinks is one of “six areas in which Greek-inspired metaphysical philosophies (that) fall short of biblical Christian thinking about reality” in his recent book Essentials of Christian Thought.

Fourth, whereas Greek philosophy tends to emphasize individuality in relating to the infinite, in the biblical worldview, no person is an island and God—ultimate reality—makes covenants with people, and people relate to God in and through relationships with each other.

Source: Amazon Book Review by Paul R. Bruggink (reachable at link above) and I’m not sure the reviewer is quoting Olson or just summarizing him.

This is why what we discuss in this Public Policy and Politics Forum is central to the Christian faith. Imo, Christianity in America is too emphasized on the individual and not focussed enough on what we collectively do as a society. Not saying individual responsibility is not important but collective responsibility is likewise important and both will be and are being judged by the Almighty, imo.
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Re: Collective Ethics Matter

Postby Tim Bonney » Mon May 14, 2018 6:26 pm

The term often used by ethicists is “systemic” ethics. Systems and groups of individuals as a group can act unethically.

Too often American Christianity ignores systemic ills if individuals we think be are behaving ethically.
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Re: Collective Ethics Matter

Postby Dave Roberts » Mon May 14, 2018 7:12 pm

That's a good distinction in considering the way things happen. For example, if Trump has indeed been unfaithful to all his wives, then he is a personal ethics failure. If he encourages racism and violence, then social concerns are broader in what needs to be considered.
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