Christian Ethics of responsibility for the technological age : A critical look at the contributions of Hans Jonas and William Schweiker

ISSUE: Vol.5  No.2 June 2019 Article 7  pp.57 – 77
AUTHOR: George Kotei Neequaye
DOI : 10.32051/06241907



Among Christians, forgiveness is a virtue, and all are expected to practise this virtue. It is common, therefore, to hear expressions like “You are a Christian. You must forgive.” Such expressions highlight some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the concept of forgiveness. For instance, forgiveness is not only a Christian affair as wrongly perceived by many. It is a universal concept encouraged in both theological and secular contexts. Within the secular context, forgiveness is encouraged and promoted by psychologists for psychotherapy and general wellbeing. Within the theological context, it is preached and practised by almost all religions. This paper examines the religious and cultural perspectives of forgiveness with a view to showing its universality and relevance for peaceful co-existence, social harmony, and progressive nation-building.

GEORGE KOTEI NEEQUAYE PhD, is the Vice President of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon-Ghana and teaches Christian Ethics, Philosophy, African Philosophy and Religion. This article is based on research done for a doctoral thesis written under the supervision of Prof. D. Etienne de Villiers and submitted in August 2013 to the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria.

Neequaye, George K. “Christian Ethics of Responsibility for the Technological Age: A Critical look at the Contributions of Hans Jonas and William Schweiker.” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies 5, no.2 (2019): 57-77.

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