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Prospects of a Christian ethics of responsibility (Part 2): an assessment of three German versions

DE de Villiers

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 28, No 1 (2007), 88-109. doi: 10.4102/ve.v28i1.99

Submitted: 17 September 2007
Published:  17 November 2007

Abstract

In the article three versions of a Christian ethics of responsibility, developed by three German theologians, Wolfgang Huber , Johannes Fischer and Ulrich Körtner , in response to the philosopher Hans Jonas’ s introduction of the ethics of responsibility as a completely new and much needed ethical approach in the technological age, are analysed and assessed. The purpose is to assess the prospects of a Christian ethics of responsibility.  An analysis shows the disparate nature of the three versions, but also reveals a number of ways in which responsibility can and should fundamentally qualify contemporary Christian ethics. The conclusion is therefore that the prospects of a Christian ethics  are much more promising than a superficial comparison of the three disparate versions of such an ethics would suggest.

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