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Comparison and Contrast 10-12 paper  between  James Cone (God of the Oppressed) and Hauerwas (The peaceful kingdom) books. The paper made draw on readings not covered in class though this is not a requirement this is a thesis paper meaning that in this paper you will identify your theme / issue analyze the approaches of both theologians and then make an argument for which thinker if either offers a more compelling account of the topic be sure to support your argument with reasons drawn from your analysis.





Title: Christian ethics in theology

Thesis: Christian ethicsin John Cone’s book ‘The God of Oppression’ and Hauerwas book ‘The peaceful kingdom” differs in many ways in the definition of Christian ethics. Cone equates Christian ethics to getting freedom whereas Hauerwas doesn’t belief there is no clear understanding on what Christian ethics are and that it paints a good picture of what we are.

I.     Introduction

a.      Define Christian ethics

b.     Thesis:  expound the thesis

II.     Background

a.      State when the two books “The God of oppression” and “The peaceful kingdom” were published and expound more on the authors of the two books and their backgrounds.

b.     Give a summary of the two books.

III.     Analysis of John Cone argument.

a.      His experiences of the black church experience and the sociopolitical importance of the whites. This will help the reader understand the basis of the black theology in defining ethics.

b.     Black theology. White ideology has been favored in the past and whitewashed. Cone explains that theology only serves a particular group because it is not universal therefore the social life nature our thinking on theology. The whites do not understand the black culture hence cannot understand black theology.

·         Reconciliation

c. Blacks are oppressed. God fought for the oppressed, poor and the abled in the society henceforth the black nation represents the people God sent his son Jesus to fight for hence Christian ethics can only mean freedom from oppression

·         Liberation/freedom

IV.     Analysis of Hauerwas belief’s on Christian ethics basing on the 3 narratives

a.   Narrative makes all individuals and the world be considered as creatures/beings. This means that God has a world whereby we are all regarded as his people hence we should live that way

b.    Narrative is accepting what we are made of and living up to the realities of this world. This means ethics should be grounded on realities because we are brought in this world as sinners. If we accept our realities we will have an easier time with ethics in general

c. God has reached out to the world with the story of Israel and in the narrative of Jesus Christ. Jesus was send to forgive our transgressions hence the church is not focused on us respecting the laws but on us accepting the story of Jesus Christ as God wants us to.

V.     Comparison between the two arguments

a.      I will find how the key points such as freedom and the narratives have been used on both contexts. These key factors will bring out the contrast of Christian ethics on both books and how they have been utilized.

b.     Deep analysis of both arguments. This will help in understand each ideology and finding the most compelling argument.

VI.     Choice of the theologian who made a compelling argument

a.      State a choice between the two arguments.

b.     Explain why I made the choice with a clear clarification

VII.     Conclusion

a.      Answer the thesis question

b.     Summarize the whole paper by pointing out the major points


V111. References

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