Journal of Lutheran Ethics Issue Index December/January 2016/7: Post-Election America

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Editor's Introduction

Carmelo Santos

Carmelo Santos,  Editor

The election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States has raised some important ethical issues that will have to be sorted out wisely and carefully for the sake of the wellbeing of our country and our communities. There are complicated questions regarding conflicts of interest, foreign meddling into our electoral process, the fairness or unfairness of the electoral college system, the intentional use of misinformation in social media platforms to discredit one candidate or to favor the other, the role of science and facts in the process of policymaking, and many other ethical concerns. There is also an intense sense of fear among marginalized communities in our country that have been maligned and even demonized by the presidential candidate during his campaign.  Read more.



Dan Lee

  by Linda Thomas

Christians often talk about how we are all children of God. However, what does that mean for our relationship to each other--what are the responsibilities of being a sibling in Christ?  Dr. Linda Thomas explores this question in light of the election of Donald Trump, with a particular focus on the role of pastors. 



9.5 Theses for Times Such as These​ by Michael Wilker

Rev. Wilker, as pastor of a congregation in downtown Washington D.C., has a special perspective on U.S. politics. In this article, he outlines 9.5 ways congregations and individuals can continue to proclaim the gospel in conflicted and tense times such as these. 

Seeing Ourselves as Parts of One Body: An Exercise in Exploring Racism from a Place of Privilege​ by Janet Peterman

​This piece offers a unique perspective on white privilege and the internalization of racism.  Read about how Rev. Peterman adjusted to living in and serving an African American community and how that experience has impacted her life and theology.


Book Reviews

From Jeremiad to Jihad


The Forgotten Luther: Reclaiming the Social-Economic Dimension of the Reformation  edited by Carter Lindberg and Paul Wee 

Review by Ronald W. Duty.

In his piece in this book, Carter Lindberg quotes Luther from his commentary on Deuteronomy: “’The poor you always have with you,’” quoting John 12:8, “just as you will have all other evils.  But constant care should be taken that, since these evils are always in evidence, they are always opposed.” Thus, for Luther, poverty is not something to be merely passively suffered, endured, or observed, but something Christians should actively do something about. This timely book reclaims for us the rich heritage of Luther’s social and economic thought and how it is related to the doctrine of justification by grace through faith.  A consistent theme of these lectures is that these economic concerns were not ancillary to Luther’s theology or practice, but were a constant practical issue for him throughout his life.  

Christian Ethics and the Church: Ecclesial Foundations for Moral Thought and Practice  by Phillip Turner

Review by Diane Yeager

The Rev. Dr. Philip Turner is a retired but clearly still active veteran of the conflicts within the Episcopal Church U.S.A.  Though he does not write about those rifts with any specificity in this rich and constructive book, that discord echoes through the pages of Christian Ethics and the Church.  It seems reasonable to surmise that he has sought in these pages to share what wisdom and insight a dedicated churchman and scholar has been able to wrest from experience both within the church and at the interface of church and secular culture. 


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.​

© December/January 2016/7
​Journal of Lutheran Ethics
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