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The Third Proposition: Love and Justice are the same, for justice is love distributed, nothing else. (Joseph Fletcher)
Love is careful
One criticism of Fletcher’s Situation Ethics is that he never clearly defines love, but with the third proposition love becomes equated with Justice. Acting in love is not something done without any sense of responsibility towards...
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In its very marrow Christian ethics is a situation ethic. The new morality, the emerging contemporary Christian conscience, separates Christian conduct from rigid creeds and rigid codes. (Joseph Fletcher)
Love Has No Equals
There is a natural fear in letting go of rules and laws. For...
The Second Proposition: “The ruling norm of Christian decision is love: nothing else (Joseph Fletcher)
Love Replaces Law
Jesus was once asked which of the commandments was the most important. His response surprised the people gathered around him:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This...
The First Proposition: “Only one ‘thing’ is intrinsically good; namely, love: nothing else at all.” (Joseph Fletcher)
What gives something its value? Why do we deem something to be Good? This has been a much debated topic in moral theory throughout the years. In terms of Christian ethics, the problem can be expressed in the...
The heart of this explanation of situation ethics lies in its six propositions… But there are a few preliminary matters to be made plain first, in the reader’s interest, so he can know what presuppositions are at work. (Joseph Fletcher)
There are four working principles underpinning Fletcher’s Situation Ethics. These are:
The good... like the true, is...
At bottom there are only three alternative routes or approaches to follow in making moral decisions: (1) the legalistic; (2) the antinomian… and (3) the situational. All three have played their part in Western morals, legalism being by far the common and most persistent. (Joseph Fletcher)
Fletcher begins “Situation Ethics” with a review of what he...
The reader will find a method here, but no system. It is a method of “situational” or “contextual” decision-making, but system building has no part in it. (Joseph Fletcher)
There are times when a man has to push his principles aside and do the right thing. (Joseph Fletcher)
What is Situation Ethics?
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