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Title: Christians in the Hands of Flaccid Secularists
Subtitle: Theology and 'Moral Inquiry' in the Modern University
Author(s): HAUERWAS, Stanley
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 4    Issue: 1   Date: April 1997   
Pages: 32-44
DOI: 10.2143/EP.4.1.563015

Abstract :
I am a Christian theologian who teaches ethics, I could alternatively say I am a Christian ethicist, with the hope trhat most people would concentrate on the noun and not the qualifier but that probably wouldn't help matters much. In fact many people have become and still do become Christian ethicists because they do not like theology. They think justice is something worth thinking about or even advocating or doing, but they do not like or they see little point in thinking about matters as obscure and seemingly as irrelevant as the Trinity. Such a deliberately non-confessional view of ethics, moreover, appears more acceptable in the modern university where it is generally thought to be a 'good thing' to study ethics, but it is not a good thing to be a theologian or to do theology. These days, theology just doesn't sound like a discipline appropriate to the university.

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