Works of the absurd?


The concept of praxis best describes the concept of biblical ethics. A biblical ethic is the intentional behavior of a community whose public performance of particular texts are intended to define and make credible the claims about a specific moral vision. If a community of interpretation has a moral vision based on the theme that they should love God, and love their neighbors as themselves, the public performance would intentionally enact the drama of, say, feeding the hungry or visiting the prisoner that is found in Matthew. The stories of the Bible provide narratives that the congregation can reenact with sympathetic imagination—like understanding the story of the good Samaritan as an indicator of what it means to love your neighbor and to love your enemies. Since these practices are public, they are both witness and drama to be observed by outsiders,thus, open to critique.

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