STUDY GUIDE FOR READING ASSIGNMENT 3
Robert Mackintosh, Christian Ethics
NOTE: While this book has many useful teachings, in some chapters the author shows a more liberal, or modernistic, view of Scripture. Some of the questions are aimed at helping the student identify those views which are not in accord with the more traditional conservative views of Third Millennium Ministries.
1. Describe the special emphasis of each school of thought: a. German Pietism b. The Broad Church School (or Christian Nurture) c. Revivalism
1. The author says, "If now we try to offer a preliminary definition, we might say that the peculiarity of Christian obedience consists in... ________."
2. The author asserts that Christ's ethical teaching focuses on the present or the future?
1. Does the author agree with D.L. Moody when he said that "duty" was a poor description of a Christian's calling?
2. Does the author agree that, as long as we respect the limits of authority laid down, we are permitted to act as we please?
3. Does the author believe that appropriate recreation and amusement can be helpful?
4. Does the author agrees that sometimes it is better for a Christian to properly claim his rights?
1. What are the author's recommendations for practicing temperance?
2. The author states that justice demands equality of ________ in some sense.
3. The author states that love and justice are not two separate things. What statement does he make about how they are related?
4. The author states, "The fundamental tone of virtue before God is ______."
5. The author says, "Thankfulness includes in itself ______."
6. Does the author agree that Christian virtues are most beneficial and wholesome when we do right for the abstract right's sake?
1. What are the three key social institutions that the author explains?
2. What is the author's view of polygamy in the Old Testament?
3. What is the author's view of possible legitimate grounds for divorce?
4. The author explains, "The State is the realm of organized ______."
5. What is the name of the philosophical concept that the State should simply stay out of people's way?
6. Does the author believe that it is good for a Christian to affiliate with a political party?
1. While the author agrees with the purpose of the Keswick movement, he disagrees with an important theological issue. What is that issue?
2. True or false? The author recommends total abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
3. What is the author's view about gambling?
4. What does the author recommend about limiting child-bearing?
5. What is the author's view regarding racial issues?
6. Does the author believe that the Bible teaches vegetarianism?
7. What is the author's view of Christian participation in war?
8. Does the author affirm the equality of men and women?
1. The industrial revolution brought ethical changes. According to the author, what new attitude took the place of the previous moral customs?
2. According to the author, what movement was very influential at the time he wrote this book?
3. What positive ethical value does the author find in individualism?
4. What positive ethical value does the author find in socialism?