Zivilcourage. Ein ‚theologischer Begriff‘?

Schliesser, Christine (2018). Zivilcourage. Ein ‚theologischer Begriff‘? Zeitschrift für evangelische Ethik, 62, pp. 89-101. Gütersloher Verl.-Haus

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Civil courage or the courage of one’s conviction is commonly understood as a virtue. Its display in public is praised, its lack deplored. Nevertheless, civil courage is not a topic of contemporary theological ethics. This essay seeks to start filling this gap by exploring Karl Barth’s contention that civil courage is a “theological term”. Two parts will serve to approach this topic. In a first step, this contribution aims to shed light on the phenomenon of civil courage from different perspectives. What exactly do we understand as civil courage and how can it be situated within an ethical framework? What are the conditions for its formation and what significance can be attributed to its concrete context? A second step then attempts to locate civil courage from a theological perspective. Here, impulses by Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer will be taken up and brought into the discussion. (Accepted, pre-published version)

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Historical Theology

UniBE Contributor:

Schliesser, Christine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 170 Ethics
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 240 Christian practice & observance

ISSN:

0044-2674

Publisher:

Gütersloher Verl.-Haus

Language:

German

Submitter:

Christine Schliesser

Date Deposited:

22 May 2019 13:19

Last Modified:

22 May 2019 13:19

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128147

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128147

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