Pilgrim Pathways: Notes for a Diaspora People

Incarnational Discipleship

Critical Variables in Moral Discernment: Index

This series, originally posted on my old blog, Levellers, and reprinted in revised form here shortly after starting Pilgrim Pathways last year, will be stored in my new page on “Popular Blog Posts and Series.

  1. Critical Variables in Moral Discernment (with chart developed by my Doktorvater, Glen H. Stassen).
  2. Convictions and Moral Discernment I. (How our beliefs about the nature of God and the way God works in the world and our beliefs about human nature influence our moral judgments.)
  3. Convictions and Moral Discernment II. (Different views of the nature of justification and the nature of sanctification and their relationship lead to different moral judgments. Using terms from the Gospels rather than Paul, differing views of forgiveness and Christian discipleship and their relationship lead to different moral judgments.  This post also examines how different views of love, justice and the relationship between the two affect moral discernment.)
  4. Convictions and Moral Discernment III.  (Different views of the nature and mission of the Church in the World affect our moral judgments.)
  5. Moral Discernment: Loyalties and Interests. (The loyalties, interests, passions, affections, and virtues of individuals and communities are factors in moral discernment.)
  6. Perception and Moral Discernment.  (What we “see,” how we understand “what is going on?” impacts our moral responses, including our answer as individuals and communities to the question “What, then, do we do?” In turn, our understandings of authority (who or what, how much, etc.), threat (what, how strong, etc.), social change (acceptable means, speed, acceptable allies, etc.), and integrity of information all affect deeply our perception, our answer(s) to “What is going on?”)
  7. Styles of Moral Reasoning/Modes of Moral Discourse. (Deontological, utilitarian, or virtue reasoning? Level of situations, rules, broader principles, or basic paradigms?  This is the only dimension discussed in my basic philosophy or theology texts on ethics–as if moral discernment was purely a case of correct reasoning. It is an important dimension, but not the only dimension in moral judgment.0
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January 22, 2011 - Posted by | blog series, moral discernment

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