Introduction To The Current Issue -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 14:0 (NA 1981)
Article: Introduction To The Current Issue
Author: Anonymous

Introduction To The Current Issue

With this 1981 issue we introduce a new name, a new editor and a new format. The name has become the Ashland Theological JOURNAL. With this change in name comes a shift from issues featuring lengthy articles by one or two authors to publishing a number of shorter articles allowing for greater faculty participation. Our conception of the journal is that it would include scholarly works, reviews and other essays from a number of disciplines. In this issue, for example, we include a number of current faculty projects as well as a synopsis of thesis research by 1981 graduating Seniors. As the new editor, I would like to thank Dr. Joseph Kickasola for his previous service as editor and for graciously choosing to remain on the editorial committee.

Our major scholarly article is by Professor Douglas E. Chismar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics. The questions he raises and discusses are pertinent to our daily lives. Can we reason about our ethical beliefs? How much are our moral attitudes simply a matter of feelings and emotions? We Christians are faced with many in our modern culture who believe that it is useless or impossible to reason about ethics; the result is relativism, the belief that “whatever an individual believes to be true is true for him.” Professor Chismar, reporting on his current doctoral dissertation at Ohio State University, explores a number of possible approaches to ethical reasoning. He then takes some first steps toward constructing an approach of his own—a multi-faceted model of ethical “attitudes” which allows for the role of feelings and emotions in ethical belief, while preserving the cognitive or rational dimension. The approach thus treats we humans realistically as the emotional beings that we are, yet holds out for the possibility of rationally assessing ethical orientations and value systems through the consideration of “cognitive structures.” As Christians seek to defend their faith and to touch the culture around them, they require a consistent and biblical understanding of human nature in order to accomplish their task. This model that Professor Chismar shares with us is exciting and of great import because it promises to open up new and fruitful ways to conceive of humans as they engage in ethical reasoning.

In our second article, “Biblical Feminism and the New Testament,” Dr. Jerry R. Flora, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, reports to us the initial stages of his current research. Sharing with us four major books on women and the New Testament, Professor Flora articulates, reviews and contrasts the approaches that are used and lays solid groundwork for further study. In a careful

and considerate manner, Dr. Flor...

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