• Do You Do Well to Be Angry?
    The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 16 59-77. 1996.
    In this essay, I consider the role of anger in the moral life, especially in the Christian moral life. For this purpose it makes sense to explore three questions. First, how should we describe the phenomenon of anger? Second, what virtues and/or vices properly account for the affection? Finally, what theological assessments of the phenomenon are most fitting? In Parts I, II, and III below, I pursue a response to the first two questions through a kind of Aristotelian strategy that describes the m…Read more
  • Practical Wisdom and the Integrity of Christian Life
    Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 27 (2): 55-72. 2007.
    THEOLOGICALLY CONSIDERED, THE VIRTUE OF PRUDENCE OR PRACTICAL wisdom disposes a moral agent to "reason rightly about things to be done" insofar as the acts of counsel, judgment, and command enable both the discernment and the embodiment of moral reality in the world created and redeemed by God in Jesus Christ. In that world, Christians live and act as both sinful and righteous, and they find their integrity and maturity in an ongoing practice of repentance, renewal, and perseverance.
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    Comment on Himes – Ethics
    Journal of Catholic Social Thought 15 (1): 177-180. 2018.
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    Political Life under God: Some Questions for Gilbert Meilaender
    Studies in Christian Ethics 30 (2): 189-198. 2017.
    How do Christian beliefs about human nature and destiny set possibilities for and limits to our political aspirations and goals? Specifically, what is the proper relation between a theology of creation and soteriology in Christian political ethics? This article considers these questions through an interpretation of the development of Gilbert Meilaender’s political thought. It concludes with some questions about that development as it stands, as well as from the standpoint of salient themes in Ro…Read more
  • Justification and Justice in the Theology of Karl Barth
    The Thomist 50 (4): 623-642. 1986.
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    The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics (edited book)
    with Gilbert Meilaender
    Oxford University Press. 2005.
    The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics offers the most authoritative and compelling guide to the discipline. Thirty of the world's most distinguished specialists provide ne…Read more
  • Review (review)
    The Thomist 59 659-662. 1995.
  • Anders Nygren, Agape and Eros
    In Gilbert Meilaender & William Werpehowski (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, Oxford University Press. 2005.
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    The Vocation of Parenthood: A Response to Stephen Post
    Journal of Religious Ethics 25 (1): 177-182. 1997.
    Extending his work on the nature and significance of family life, Stephen Post has now drawn our attention to the important problem of Christian attitudes toward relinquishment and adoption. Though he describes his approach as theological, I take it to be more straightforwardly moral, and as a moral argument, it fails to give sufficient attention to the moral cost of relinquishment to the child. A genuinely theological reconsideration of relinquishment and adoption would, however, be valuable; i…Read more
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    Justice and Sociality: A Study of Three Debates in Christian Ethics
    Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 1 (2): 31-56. 1989.
  • The Essential Paul Ramsey a Collection (edited book)
    with Stephen D. Crocco
    Yale University Press. 1994.
    Paul Ramsey was one of this century's most important ethicists. From the publication of his classic _Basic Christian Ethics_ in 1950 until his death in 1988, his writings decisively shaped moral discourse and reflection in the areas of theology, law, politics, and medicine. This collection of Ramsey's most important essays on Christian, political, and medical ethics displays the scope and depth of his vision, highlighting both the character of his theological commitments and the continuing signi…Read more
  • The Ethics of St. Augustine (review)
    Augustinian Studies 23 167-171. 1992.
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    Command and History in the Ethics of Karl Barth
    Journal of Religious Ethics 9 (2). 1981.
    Barth's ethics of divine command are pften criticized for failing to account for various crucial features of human moral agency. Gustafson's charge that Barth is an "intuitionist" suggests that no determinate reasons can be offered by an agent for actions performed out of obedience to the command of God. Hauer- was claims that Barth cannot make a place in his ethics for the ideas of "charac- ter" and "growth." Implicit in these criticisms is the proposal that the Barthian self is unable to expre…Read more
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    Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives (edited book)
    with Kathryn Getek Soltis
    Lexington Books. 2014.
    Virtue and the Moral Life brings together distinguished philosophers and theologians with younger scholars of consummate promise to produce ten essays that engage both academics and students of ethics. This collection explores the role virtues play in identifying the good life and the good society.
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    The Ethics of St. Augustine
    Augustinian Studies 23 167-171. 1992.
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    Christian Love and Covenant Faithfulness
    Journal of Religious Ethics 19 (2). 1991.
    This essay explores three themes in the work of Paul Ramsey: the meaning of neighbor-love, the development of his understanding of "love transforming natural justice," and the role of covenant in its relation to creation. Ramsey's later stress on "covenant" served both to preserve the priority of neighbor-love in his theological ethics and to improve the account of the relation of love and justice.
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    If the study of Christian ethics concerns, among other things, consideration of the character of persons who would be disciples of Jesus Christ, then it must be concerned both with virtues and with the feelings or affections appropriate to such a character. This essay explores the affection of sorrow in its connection with the virtue of charity. Following an examination of relevant discussions by Augustine, Kierkegaard, and Calvin, the analysis is illustrated and extended through an interpretati…Read more
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    Persons, Practices, and the Conception Argument
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 22 (5): 479-494. 1997.
    The argument that human life should be fully protected once conception is complete has been challenged by the claim that at that time such life is not genuinely individuated in the morally required sense. This essay analyzes the “conception versus individuation” exchange and directs attention to the communal contexts within which the relevant arguments and counter-arguments arise
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    ABSTRACTStanley Hauerwas's contribution to the study of Christian ethics is analyzed in the course of offering an overview of his work, including his early reflections on “vision,”“narrative,” and moral agency; his continuing focus on Christian virtues and practices in contrast to the ethos of moral and political liberalism; and his specific attention to the meaning of peaceableness and the rejection of violence. The essay concludes by considering Hauerwas's legacy as a postliberal theologian, a…Read more