Journal of Lutheran Ethics Issue Index June 2016: Love One Another

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Editor's Introduction

Carmelo Santos

Carmelo Santos,  Editor

Love is at the core of the Christian faith. In fact, love is even used as the closest analogy to speak of the being of God. As we read in 1 John 4: 7-8: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”Therefore, given the importance of the concept of love in the Christian faith it is worth coming back again and again to examine its meaning and implications.​ Read more​


Dan Lee

Love your neighbor – A command in the Bible. Its socio-legal backdrop and its meaning for today  by Adam Klaus-Peter
When hearing “love your neighbor,” people often picture their next door neighbor, or perhaps those sitting in a neighboring pew.  Adam digs deeper into the origins of that command in Leviticus, which lie in community conflict resolution. In a society with many rules in order to function, the short phrase “loving your neighbor” is the tip of an iceberg of codes of conduct that Adam helpfully unpacks.  ​​

Kirsi Stjerna


1 Corinthians 13: A Text of Terror? by Francisco Javier Goitía ​Padilla 

So many wedding ceremonies contain the familiar words, "Love is patient, love is kind," that we may not hear them anymore. However, the effect of words absorbed into a culture can be more dangerous than words heard for the first time.  Goitía ​Padilla ​explores 1 Corinthians 13 through a lens of law and gospel and gender analysis.  How can we hear Christ in this text while avoiding reinscribing harmful gender roles in our communities?


Book Reviews

From Jeremiad to Jihad

Christian Ethics at the Boundary: Feminism and Theologies of Public Life  by Karen V. Guth
   Review by Pamela K. Brubaker.
Christian Ethics at the Boundary is a splendid book! Karen V. Guth is rightly concerned that the divisions among those who identify with a particular approach to Christian ethics may create discord, which compromises our endeavors and forfeits our resources for addressing complex moral issues. Her focus in this book is the division between realist and witness approaches, represented here by Reinhold Niebuhr and John Howard Yoder. “What would Christian ethics look like,” she asks, “if we mobilized our differences for engagement rather than disengagement?” It is important to note that Guth’s aim is not to reconcile the irreconcilable differences between witness and realist approaches. Rather, she seeks to “suggest opportunities for fruitful partnership and collaboration.” ​

Laura Hartman  

Thinking about Sex by Adrian Thatcher​
   Review by James M Childs Jr.​

Adrian Thatcher is honorary professor in the department of theology and religion at the University of Exeter in the UK. He is highly regarded for his work in theology and human sexuality. He has edited the 2015 Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality and Gender. His most recent book is God, Sex, and Gender: An Introduction (2011). Thinking About Sex, part of the Fortress Press “Thinking About” series, was published in cooperation with Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, England and originally titled, Making Sense of Sex.
Articles published in the journal reflect the perspectives and thoughts of their authors and not necessarily the theological, ethical, or social stances of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.​

© June 2016
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 16, Issue 6


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