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Dr. Ron Highfield

Pepperdine University, California, USA

Ron Highfield is Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University where he has taught courses in Christianity and culture and systematic theology for the past 33 years. He holds degrees from Harding School of Theology (MTh) and Rice University (MA & PhD). Ron served as a minister and an elder in churches of Christ in four different states within the USA. He is the author of Great is the Lord (2008), God, Freedom & Human Dignity (2013), The Faithful Creator (2015), The New Adam (2021), and Rethinking Church (2021). He and his wife Martha have two sons and three grandchildren.

The Use of Scripture in Christian Ethics

Traditionally Christians have agreed that whatever the church proclaims as the gospel and teaches as Christian doctrine and ethics should be supported by the Bible. In every age, however, Christians find themselves disagreeing about what the Bible actually teaches and on the proper way to incorporate that teaching into its doctrine and ethics. In this talk I will focus on the current controversy within many churches over same-sex relationships, specifically about the meaning and proper use of Bible’s ethical teaching on same-sex relationships. I will argue for a traditional view on this subject. But I will offer criticisms of the way many traditionalists as well as progressives use the Bible in their arguments. I will propose an approach to the use of Scripture in Christian ethics in support of the traditional view of same-sex relationships that escapes some of the pitfalls of the common traditionalist arguments.

Saturday, February 26th

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM



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