<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /> <title>Note: Christian Tractatus (Theo Todman's Web Page)</title> </head><body> <a name="Top"></a> <h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Notes Pages</h1><hr><h2>Christian Tractatus</h2><p class = "Centered">(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)<hr> <P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>New Testament ethics have (almost) always been praised for their exalted character.</B><ol type="1"><li>Nietzsche's objections to Christian ethics as being a "slave morality" are to be rejected as a misunderstanding of the Christian ethos. While Christians are described as "slaves" (Greek  douloi ) of Christ (or of God), this should not make them servile - in fact the Apostle Paul exhorts them not to become slaves of men (1 Corinthians 7:23).</li><li>However, even if we reject the ascetic excesses that developed in the early church as inimical to the fundamental notions of Christianity, the sacrifices to be expected in a Christian life lived to the full only make sense for the individual if the hoped-for rewards of resurrection life are taken into account.</li><li>As the Apostle Paul said, "if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable . . . what advantage have I if the dead do not rise? Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die" (1 Corinthians 15:19 & 32, quoting Isaiah 22:13).</li><li>Incidentally, such a remark would be incomprehensible if addressed to the average modern prosperous evangelical.</li><li>The common-sense ethics of Ecclesiastes are more appropriate to a "this life only" scenario.</li><li>Sundry complaints have, of course, been raised concerning certain New Testament ethical positions that seem to indicate a myopic accommodation to the then current social status quo. These issues include:<ul type="disc"><li>The status of women.</li><li>The toleration of slavery.</li><li>An ambivalent attitude to war.</li><li>The acceptance of tyranny. </li></ul></li></ol></P> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><TR> <TH WIDTH="25%">Note last updated</TH> <TH WIDTH="50%">Reference for this Topic</TH> <TH WIDTH="25%">Parent Topic</TH></TR> <TR><TD WIDTH="25%">12/08/2007 10:17:46</TD> <TD WIDTH="50%">488 (Problems - Bible Morality - New Testament)</TD> <TD WIDTH="25%"><A href ="../../Notes/Notes_4/Notes_408.htm">Problems - Bible Morality</A></TD></TR> </TABLE></center> <BR><HR><BR><h3>Summary of Note Links to this Page</h3> <CENTER> <TABLE Class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR> <td bgcolor="#ffcccc" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_4/Notes_408.htm#3"><span title="Low Quality">Problems - Bible Morality</span></A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> </TR> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P class = "Centered">To access information, click on one of the links in the table above.</P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><br><hr><br><h3 class = "Left">Text Colour Conventions</h3><OL TYPE="1"><li><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL><BR> <center><BR><HR><BR><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD><TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD><TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-01T03:26" pubdate>01/08/2018 03:26:47</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD><TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD></TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR></BODY></HTML>