Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1851241
 


 



Review of Gunther Haas: 'The Concept of Equity in Calvin's Ethics'


John Witte Jr.


Emory University School of Law

1999

Studies in Christian Ethics, Vol. 12, p. 107-110, 1999

Abstract:     
The main contention of this important volume is that “equity is the theme of central importance for Calvin’s social ethic.” The author’s main and novel contention is that Calvin’s distinction between “civil” or “external” morality and “spiritual” or “internal” morality is also based on two modes of interpreting the moral norms of conscience and the Bible. This is a convincing argument. His further claims, however, that Calvin developed a unique concept of equity and made it central to his social ethics are less convincing. While equity was clearly important for Calvin, it is not clear that it was the central theme of his social ethics, nor is it clear that Calvin’s views on equity were so unique when read against the rich tradition of Greek philosophy, Roman law, and the medieval ius commune.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: John Calvin; Günther Haas; Equity; Social Ethics; Canon Law; Aristotle

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: August 7, 2011 ; Last revised: October 4, 2014

Suggested Citation

Witte, John, Review of Gunther Haas: 'The Concept of Equity in Calvin's Ethics' (1999). Studies in Christian Ethics, Vol. 12, p. 107-110, 1999. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1851241

Contact Information

John Witte Jr. (Contact Author)
Emory University School of Law ( email )
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
404-727-6980 (Phone)
404-712-8605 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 319
Downloads: 27

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo6 in 0.281 seconds