A Textbook of Christian Ethics, 3rd Edition by Robin Gill

By Robin Gill

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But, perhaps inevitably , volum e fits uneasily with consistency . Of the three , Aquinas was by far the most consisten t an d systematic, but change s can be traced even in some o f his ideas. Generalizations abou t their ideas must be carefully qualified and, with Augustine and Luther, it is often importan t t o relate their ideas to the particular point in their live s i n whic h the y wer e expressed . A s writers, however , thei r overal l task s were distinct. Augustin e wrote extensivel y to defen d th e Catholi c Christianit y to whic h h e returned agains t attacks from 'pagans ' and fro m 'heretical ' Christians.

Ther e he led an extremely ascetic life. H e was sent to th e University of Wittenberg and eventually became professor of biblical studies there. Convinced o f the necessity of seeking his own salvation by keeping the biblical commandments, h e became gradually persuaded o f his own inability to d o this . I n 150 7 he underwent a conversio n experience, reputedly whilst climbing the Scala Santa at Rome and, in 1517 , as legend has it poste d hi s celebrate d 9 5 These s agains t th e abuse s create d b y th e Church' s sal e o f indulgences (authorize d by Pope Le o X, in par t t o pa y fo r th e buildin g o f St Peter's i n Rome) on the door of the Castle Church i n Wittenberg.

Amon g present-da y theologian s onl y Kar l Eart h i s comparable. But, perhaps inevitably , volum e fits uneasily with consistency . Of the three , Aquinas was by far the most consisten t an d systematic, but change s can be traced even in some o f his ideas. Generalizations abou t their ideas must be carefully qualified and, with Augustine and Luther, it is often importan t t o relate their ideas to the particular point in their live s i n whic h the y wer e expressed . A s writers, however , thei r overal l task s were distinct.

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