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Moral Theology - Protestant
(2,118 words)

Part of Moral Theology:

1. Catholic

2. Protestant

3. Moral Systems

Ethics, as treated in Protestant theology, offers at first sight no very consistent picture. The specific interest taken by the Reformation in this matter showed itself above all in polemics. The Reformers attacked the notion of merit arising from good works, and denounced all “holiness of one’s own making”, on the ground that man is of himself impotent to love God and do his will. But ethics was of minor interest to them compared to dogma.…

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Wolfgang Trillhaas, “Moral Theology - Protestant”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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