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1 Series on ethics based on 'Doing the Right Thing‘ Session six “Ethics in Public Life” http://ed.vanouwerkerk.us/resources/ethics Study guide at Christian worldview teaching Ed van Ouwerkerk, ISI campus staff, Ames (IA)

2 This had run a cropper in Congress ? Rascal a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person To restrain To hold back, to prevent, to control Inalienable rights Right incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred Endowed by our Creator Blessed of given by God Subsidiarity The principle that says that issues should be dealt with at as local and decentralized a level as possible Distributive justice what some consider to be socially just allocation of goods in a society socially just goods Retributive justice JusticeJustice that considers that punishment, if proportionate, is a morally acceptable response to crime punishment proportionate crime To crowd out local charity Increase in government spending, so that investment spending or tax benefits for charitable entities are minimized Madisonian genius Like to genius of the nationalist and federalist politician James Madison GS7 case worker GS-7 social worker. During interviews, the social worker gives information to the client, answers factual questions, and gives explanations and interpretations of agency policies and procedures that concern the client. To be remedied To be relieved or cured Carpet bombing A large aerial bombing done in a progressive manner to inflict damage in every part of a selected area of land. Just war doctrine The doctrine of justifiable war assumes a presumption against war; war should not be launched unless all the criteria are met (jus ad bellum), the war will be fought in a moral way (jus in bello), and it will be ended in a moral way (jus post bellum). Tegel prison A prison in Berlin Interrogate to question formally and systematically The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts. The first sentence by Dietrich Bonhöffer in his “Letters & Papers from Prison”. Playing havoc with something is creating disorder and confusion. Newman called a “stern monitor” ? Fidelity Duty, loyalty to obligations Ungrudgingl y render Generously giving To bequeath To leave or to hand down To remonstrate Plead or argue in protest This had run a cropper in Congress The panel uses some difficult words Rascala mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person Inalienable rights endowed by our Creator Rights incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred, blessed or given by God Subsidiarity The principle that says that issues should be dealt with at as local and decentralized a level as possible Distributive justicewhat some consider to be socially just allocation of goods in a society Retributive justiceJustice that considers that punishment, if proportionate, is a morally acceptable response to crime ?

3 To crowd out local charity Increase in government spending, so that investment spending or tax benefits for charitable entities are minimized Madisonian geniusLike the genius of the nationalist and federalist politician James Madison GS7 case worker GS-7 social worker. During interviews, the social worker gives information to the client, answers factual questions, and gives explanations and interpretations of agency policies and procedures that concern the client. To be remedied To be relieved or cured Carpet bombing A large aerial bombing done in a progressive manner to inflict damage in every part of a selected area of land.

4 Just war doctrine The doctrine of justifiable war assumes a presumption against war; war should not be launched unless all the criteria are met (jus ad bellum), the war will be fought in a moral way (jus in bello), and it will be ended in a moral way (jus post bellum). Tegel prison a prison in Berlin Interrogate to question formally and systematically The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts. The first sentence in his “Letters & Papers from Prison” by Dietrich Bonhöffer. Playing havoc with something is ‘creating disorder and confusion’. Newman called a “stern monitor” ?

5 FidelityDuty, loyalty to obligations Ungrudgingly renderGenerously giving To bequeath To leave or to hand down To remonstrate Plead or argue in protest dissent must be quasheddisagreement must be set aside or suppressed

6 However, American author Mark Twain stated, "It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctively native American criminal class, except Congress." We are all familiar with problems of corruption and unethical behavior in government. Politicians are just normal people, sinful in nature. Power needs to be limited and controlled. British historian Lord Acton observed, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, argued that government must be limited and exists specifically to defend our inalienable rights endowed by God.

7 The Checks and Balances System of the US Constitution Trias Politica is the ancient division of powers. Then the state is divided into at least three branches, each with separate and independent powers and areas of responsibility so that no one branch has more power than the other branches. Prominent thinkers (Aristotle, Montesquieu and Alexis de Tocqueville) have studied and proposed practical solutions. The normal division of branches is into an executive, a legislative, and a judicial branch. Almost all democracies have this system with three branches. Except Belgium, that has five branches.

8 Watch video (32 min.) of Session Six (disk 6) Make notes on the handout during the video: After the movie, discuss the questions of your handout. 1. The Purpose of Government a. Inalienable rights b. Limited government 2. Justice a. Distributive justice b. Subsidiarity c. Retributive justice 3. Government and the moral law a. Promoting virtue b. Wilberforce c. Bonhöffer 4. Culture and evil a. Abandoning the ethic of life b. Desensitization c. The Manhattan Declaration 5. Changing the culture a. Free speech b. Politics downstream from culture c. Patience d. Danger of Utopias 6. Responding to relativism

9 Bible verses for questions “Romans 13:1-5 (NIV1984) 1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. “ Submit to your government! “1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV1984) 1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. “ Pray for your government! “1 Peter 2:13-14 (NIV1984) 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. “ Submit to your government!


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