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dc.contributor.authorRöthlisberger, Hugoen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:47:41Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:47:41Z
dc.date.issued1962
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30708
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dc.description.abstractThe theme of the present thesis has arisen from a missionary situation. It is very likely that the question of the use made of the Decalogue in our catechetical -ethical teaching would not have demanded attention with a similar urgency in the realm of the "Older Churches ". In the confrontation with non -Christian religions and their ethics, however, we found ourselves faced with the questions: Is the Decalogue really the summary and embodiment of God's will for the shaping of Christian life? In how far do Christian ethics differ from pagan ethics? These questions inevitably led to an investigation of the New Testament evidence concerning our knowledge of God's will and the peculiarity of approach to Christian ethics.en
dc.description.abstractIt was not intended at first to make an extensive study of the use made of the Decalogue for catechetical instruction in Church History. The main concern - as indicated by the subtitle of our thesis - lies in the systematic side of the problem. Nevertheless, a historical treatment of the question proved necessary for two reasons. The fact that the Decalogue was not used as a catechetical means until the 13th century seemed to be widely unknown. This matter is of course dealt with in the books concerned with the historical development of catechetical instruction, but it is seldom related to our present practice. So it was very useful for our purpose to collect the evidence from various sources and to place it in the framework of the present thesis.en
dc.description.abstractThe second reason for going into Church History is of greater importance. It appears that the position of the Decalogue in the Churches of our days can only be understood properly against the background of historical development, e.g. the association of this Code with the idea of 'natural law' and the practice of auricular confession. To question the present position of the Decalogue thus meant to investigate the ideas connected with the Ten Commandments, and, above all, the place and significance attributed to them in the Catechisms of the Reformation.en
dc.description.abstractIt is self -evident that such an extensive approach could only be made at the expense of thorough investigation of direct sources. The writer is fully aware of this fact, and it has often been a great temptation to make a more detailed study of some question of exegesis or theology, or to remain longer at a certain period of Church History. But the limited time as well as the usual size of a thesis forbade such special research, if the aim, i.e. the answering of the question about the adequacy of the Decalogue for catechetical teaching, was to be reached. As a matter of fact a great number of special studies dealing with certain aspects of our problem could be used as bases for the more comprehensive and systematic treatment of the present issue. It often happens that results gained by a thorough investigation in a limited field of theology or in Church History fail to bear upon the life of the Church, because they are not related to the whole of Christian doctrine and practice; this fact may be the justification for the approach chosen for the present treatment of our subject.en
dc.description.abstractI would like to thank the committee of the Basel Mission which conceded me a prolongued furlough to allow me to undertake this study. I am indebted to my academic advisers, the Rev. Professor T.F. Torrance and the Rev. Professor J. McIntyre for their advice and criticism, and to the Rev. Prof. N.W. Porteous, the Rev. Prof. W. Bieder, the Rev, Dr. Ian A. Moir, and the Rev. R.A.S. Barbour for their valuable suggestions. Many thanks are due also to Miss A.J.G.Hewat and several other Scottish friends who were so kind as to read and correct the drafts in order to make my English more intelligible. Finally I want to express my thanks to the Staff of the Library of New College, Edinburgh, as well as to the Staff of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, for their untiring readiness in providing the necessary literature.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
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dc.titleThe Decalogue in the catechetical teaching of the church : is the Decalogue an adequate basis for the ethical teaching of the church?en
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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