LAW AND CONSCIENCE by Franz Boeckle

LAW AND CONSCIENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author, a Protestant minister, writes persuasively and well on a point of much interest to Catholic theologians: the Protestant ethics of faith and its central concept of Christian freedom, which are often misinterpreted by Catholics as personal obedience in faith to an individual call and permissiveness. To dispel such misconceptions, the author explains, in the first chapter, the relationship between law and gospel, pointing out that natural law must be considered only within the context of theological ethics; the second and third chapters concentrate on the relationship between the order of creation and that of grace and between norm and situation; the final section examines the crucial matter of sin, establishing the limits for dogmatic and moralistic concepts of sin. Despite the brevity of Boeckle's treatment, he manages to convey quite precisely the spirit and direction of Protestant thought on this basic subject. The book is intended for theologians and theological students, and should be welcomed by them; it will be a valuable addition to institutional libraries, Catholic or Protestant.

Pub Date: Aug. 24th, 1966
Publisher: Sheed & Ward