Developing a Liberal-Protestant Ethics in a Dynamic and Pluralist World

'Reshaping Protestantism in a Global Context' Conference, Kampen (Netherlands), September 2004

Revue de Theologie et de Philosophie, Vol. 137, pp. 193-209, 2005

19 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2009

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Wibren van der Burg

Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

A pluralist, secular, individualizing and highly dynamic society requires a contextualist and dynamic type of ethics. Instead of a doctrinal-deductivist approach, common in orthodox Protestantism, we should therefore develop a practice-oriented, pragmatist approach, which fits well into the liberal-Protestant tradition. Although liberal Protestantism may thus provide a fruitful perspective, it also has some characteristic weaknesses, such as the risk of uncritical conformism. In the second part of the paper, I discuss those weaknesses and possible responses.

Keywords: pluralism, contextualism, dynamics, dynamic ethics, liberal protestantism, pragmatism

Suggested Citation

van der Burg, Wibren, Developing a Liberal-Protestant Ethics in a Dynamic and Pluralist World (2004). 'Reshaping Protestantism in a Global Context' Conference, Kampen (Netherlands), September 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1457713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1457713

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