Doing ethics in communion. Some lessons from the theology of Dirkie Smit

Authors

  • NN Koopman

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2007.v48n1.a30

Keywords:

Bible, Communion, Ecumenical, Ethics, Theology

Abstract

This paper argues that Dirkie Smit views ethics as an essential part of theology. Theology for Smit entails the continuous attempt to read and understand the Bible afresh. This theological endeavour is carried out in communion with the catholic and ecumenical Christian tradition, in communion with the experiences of joy and sadness, guilt and pain, fear and anger of believers, in communion with other theological disciplines as well as with other academic disciplines. Based on this doing of theology and ethics in communion, Smit develops models for a comprehensive and non-reductionist approach to ethics, namely an ethics of doing, an ethics of being and an ethics of vision. The importance of these models for doing ethics in South Africa is discussed.

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Published

2007-06-30

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Articles • Artikels