Matt, Derek, and Alastair consider the curious case of casuistry.

Casuistry is a technical term for a way of reasoning about ethical principles in specific situations. It fell into disuse historically in favor of a more narrative-based view of the world. But some of the Mere Fidelity cast are sensing that there is a felt lack of organized principle application to pastoral situations in the church. Do you agree that casuistry needs to make a comeback?

Links Mentioned: 

Lexham Press Book of the Month 

Merrie Band 

Reformed Ethics, Herman Bavinck 

Church Dogmatics: The Doctrine of Creation, Volume 3, Part 4, by Karl Barth 

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The Kazooists North American Tour 2024
What is casuistry?
History, Both Catholic and Protestant
Conflicting Principles
Proper Context, Lacking Confession
Practical Application of Practical Application
Narrative & Principle United
Moral Reasoning in Paul’s Epistles
First Steps for Pastors

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