Liturgy and Ethics, or Liturgy Is Ethics

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David L. Stubbs

Abstract

If you think back to the latest newspaper article you read that dealt with an ethical issue, or to that undergraduate ethics class you took in college, I would doubt that that class or article even mentioned liturgy. And conversely, when Christian people think about Sunday worship, I would also doubt that many consider it a highly charged ethical activity. However, I am convinced that our corporate worship life as Christians has great potential to shape and inform our ethical thinking, and in fact does so, whether or not we are aware of it. I also think that linking ethical dialogue and instruction to the liturgy is a quite helpful and beneficial way of “doing ethics,” whether that ethical reflection goes on in the parish or the classroom.

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Christian ethics; Liturgics; Sin, Original; Kingdom of God; Barth, Karl, 1886-1968 -- Ethics; Ethics in the Bible
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