Journal of Lutheran Ethics Issue Index April 2016: Meet the Staff

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Editor's Introduction

Carmelo Santos

Carmelo Santos,  Editor

The work of theological and ethical reflection is done by particular human beings in specific circumstances, imbued by the ethos and pathos of the Sitz im Leben in which they have been formed and in which they live, think and write. For that reason we as a publishing team thought it might be of some value in this month's issue to offer JLE readers a glance into some of the formative ideas, perspectives, circumstances and hopes that shape our work at JLE. Since I have already shared my ideas on the future of JLE elsewhere I will focus here on my theological journey and some of the greater influences on my Lutheran theological formation as new editor of JLE.  Read more​

Meet the Staff

Dan Lee

Millennials and Lutheran Ethics: A Doorway Back Into Connection
   by Heather Dean
Millennials are a hot topic in churches today--how do we stop churches from hemorrhaging them. Writing as a millennial herself, Dean examines why millennials are saying they're leaving churches, what they are looking for in a faith community, and how Lutheran ethics can provide a space for millennials to re-engage. ​

Kirsi Stjerna

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So That You May Discern...
    by  Roger A. Willer
Reflecting on Romans 12:2, Willer explores how theological discernment is essential when working to love one's neighbor as oneself.  The Journal is a way for readers to morally discern a Lutheran response to the pressing issues of the day while exposing them to new perspectives and voices. 


Journal of Lutheran Ethics: In Service to Witness
    by  James M. Childs Jr.
Childs brings a unique perspective having been with the Journal from the very beginning. In this article he explores the recent history of Lutheran ethics, why ethics are a key part of the Lutheran witness to the gospel, and how the Journal has been a gift to the ELCA as well as to students and teachers. 



Book Reviews

From Jeremiad to Jihad

Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Triedg  by Ronald J. Sider
   Review by Ryan P. Cumming.
There are few authors who can get away with quoting themselves in an epigraph.  The prolific and popular evangelical leader Ron Sider, who does just that in Nonviolent Action, is perhaps one of them.  Sider’s influence and rich experiences as a Witness for Peace volunteer and early proponent of organized, collective nonviolent activism lend to his text a personal tone that conveys passion and credibility.  To this, Sider brings his skill of thought-provoking analysis to craft an interesting argument within an easily readable book. Sider’s basic claim is that the efficacy of nonviolent action, as demonstrated in examples from the mid-20th century to the early 21st century, places a demand on Christians to explore nonviolence as a reasonable and effective alternative to violence in socio-political conflict.  He also argues that nonviolent actors must transition from idiosyncratic to systematic use of nonviolent action.​

Laura Hartman  

Loving Later Life: An Ethics of Aging by Frits de Lange.
   Review by James M. Childs.​

Frits de Lange is professor of ethics at the Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands and Extraordinary Professor in Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. His book on the ethics of aging needs no apology for its relevance in the graying of our world, a phenomenon more immediate affluent societies but moving inexorably forward in all societies. This widespread development with its issues of justice, economic challenges, filial responsibilities, quality of life, and dignity for the elderly is the first reason de Lange says we need an ethics of aging.
Articles published in the journal reflect the perspectives and thoughts of their authors and not necessarily the theological, ethical, or social stances of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.​

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Journal of Lutheran Ethics
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