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The law in the theologies of Wingren and Reuther : a comparative study

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dc.contributor.advisor Maimela, S. S. (Simon S.) Hess, Nancy Anne Olson 2015-01-23T04:24:47Z 2015-01-23T04:24:47Z 1995-11
dc.identifier.citation Hess, Nancy Anne Olson (1995) The law in the theologies of Wingren and Reuther : a comparative study, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a comparative study of the concept and role of the law in the theologies of Rosemary Radford Ruether and Gustaf Wingren. The analysis of their theologies shows that Wingren uses the law as a formal theological category and Ruether does not. The absence of the law in Ruether's theology has implication for theological ethics. For Wingren the law has two uses. The first use, the so called political use, is that which compels and coerces ethical behavior in the human. The first use of the law is used to insure that all humans receive the fullness of life that God intends for all of creation. The second use of the law, the so called spiritual use, accuses the human when he/she does not meet the demands of the law. When the conscience is accused the human is prepared to hear the gospel. For Wingren, the gospel is what gives the human a new will to live by freeing the human from the burden and condemnation of the law. The law and the gospel serve each other but have distinct functions. The law demands ethical behavior and the gospel gives salvation. According to Wingren, the source of ethical behavior is located in the doctrine of creation not in the doctrine of the revelation of God through Jesus Christ; thus preserving the notion that the gift of grace is not earned by good works but is given freely. For Ruether, appropriate ethical behavior is revealed to humans through paradigmatic individuals who denounce systems of oppression and announce God's intent for creation, namely, liberation. Jesus is one such paradigmatic individual who both denounces oppression and announces the kingdom of God. Jesus both demands justice in relationships and offers liberation. The gospel message of Jesus, in effect, collapses the law and the gospel into one entity. The follower of Jesus hears that salvation is dependent upon appropriate ethical behavior thereby nullifying the notion that grace is an unearned gift. The thesis concludes with a constructive statement which develops a feminist theology based on Wingren's concept of the law en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 203 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Theological ethics en
dc.subject Creation theology en
dc.subject Theological anthropology en
dc.subject Law as a formal theological category en
dc.subject Just relationality en
dc.subject Feminist theology en
dc.subject Hierarchy en
dc.subject Dualism en
dc.subject Gospel en
dc.subject Christology en
dc.subject Reuther, Rosemary Radford
dc.subject Theological anthropology en
dc.subject Religion and ethics en
dc.subject Creation -- History of doctrines en
dc.subject Religion and law en
dc.subject Feminist theology en
dc.subject.ddc 230
dc.subject.lcsh Jesus Christ -- Person and offices en
dc.subject.lcsh Wingren, Gustaf, 1910- en
dc.title The law in the theologies of Wingren and Reuther : a comparative study en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Biblical and Ancient Studies en D. Th. (Systematic Theology) en

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