Warum es im Glaubensbekenntnis keine Ethik gibt Überlegungen aus kirchenhistorischer Perspektive

The article discusses possible reasons for the lack of references to Christ's ethical teaching in the creeds. It suggests that theearliest rules of faith were composed in order to propagate a particular view of the divine status of Jesus Christ which servedto safeguard salvation. By contrast, d...

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Main Author: Kinzig, Wolfram 1960-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:German
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Published: [2019]
In:Journal of ethics in Antiquity and Christianity
Year: 2019, Volume: 1, Pages: 40-54
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Confession of faith / Christian ethics / Paraenesis / History 30-800
Further subjects:B Ethics
B Catechesis
B Baptism
B Credo
B regula fidei
B Symbol
B Ethik in Antike und Christentum
B Redditio symboli
B Confession of faith
B Traditio symboli
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Summary:The article discusses possible reasons for the lack of references to Christ's ethical teaching in the creeds. It suggests that theearliest rules of faith were composed in order to propagate a particular view of the divine status of Jesus Christ which servedto safeguard salvation. By contrast, debates about the ethical consequences of a life dedicated to Christ did not touch upondoctrine proper. Nevertheless, initially, credal and ethical statements were often combined in theological discourse. However,when the fluid rules of faith coagulated into fixed formulae, things gradually changed. For creeds express both a personalloyalty to God and a consent to a series of propositional statements. As such they became increasingly incompatible withethical commandments which are, by nature, adhortative or imperative. In addition, the earlier equilibrium between creed andparaenesis began to shift when, in baptismal catechesis, knowledge about matters of faith was given more attention than theteaching of Christian love for one's neighbour. Finally, it is discussed in what context, if at all, Christians were taught aboutbiblical ethics.
ISSN:2627-6062
DOI:10.25784/jeac.v1i0.107
Persistent identifiers:DOI "10.25784/jeac.v1i0.107"