Pluralism and Christian Ethics: Responding to the Options

Dennis Hollinger

In this essay, Dennis Hollinger notes that social and cultural pluralism raises significant issues for Christian faith and particularly for Christian ethics. How can an ethic that is rooted in a particularistic view of reality, known by divine revelation, and mediated by faith, make any impact upon a culture with competing world views, ideologies, and moral frameworks? This essay explores some of the so-called dilemmas raised by pluralism and various options for responding to its reality in society. It argues for one particular response that is committed to truth, while at the same time affirming a socio-cultural pluralism, albeit one in which Christian ethics is a voice of influence. Mr. Hollinger is Dean of College Ministries and Professor of Christian Ethics at Messiah College.

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