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Walking with Jesus Christ: Catholic and Evangelical Visions of the Moral Life is the collected essays and consensus statements of the second round of the National Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue. In 2021 the National Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue completed its four-year round of discussion on the moral life, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Sessions were held each year on the following topics. In 2017, the dialogue discussed the norms governing the moral life. In 2018, the dialogue discussed sexual ethics. In 2019, the dialogue discussed social ethics. Finally, in 2021 the dialogue discussed the relationship of the moral life to eschatology. At each of the annual meetings, members presented background papers that formed the basis of that meeting’s discussion and became starting points for constructing a common statement. These common statements and background papers make up this book. The members of the dialogue hope this book will provide a fruitful starting point for future conversations between evangelicals and Catholics.
The Catholic essays begin with the contributions of Catholic theologians Daniel Keating, William Stevenson and Christian Washburn, who examine the various norms for Catholic moral theology including the role of Scripture, tradition, magisterium, and natural law (2017). David Fleischacker, Daniel Keating, and Christian Washburn examine the morality of marriage, contraception, abortion, and homosexual acts (2018). Daniel Keating and William Stevenson discuss social ethics, including Catholic social teaching and socialism (2019). David Fleischacker and Christian Washburn discuss the relationship of the moral life to our final beatific end (2020).
The Evangelical essays begin with the contribution of Evangelical theologians Bruce Cromwell and Dennis Jowers who explore the norms of Protestant Ethics (2017). Luke Geraty discuss sexual ethics from the pastoral perspective of the Vineyard USA Church (2018). Glen Menzies and Steve Hoskins evaluate approaches to evangelical social ethics from Pentecostal and Wesleyan points of view (2019). Bruce Cromwell and Steve Hoskins discuss the notions of eschatology and ethics from a Wesleyan viewpoint (2020).
Steven Hoskins, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religion at Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN, where he has served on the faculty for the past twenty-eight years. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, the Promotional Secretary of the Wesleyan Theological Society, and the founding President of the Wesleyan Historical Society. His writings have appeared in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, Gottesdienst, and, most recently, The Cambridge Companion to American Protestantism. Christian D. Washburn, Ph.D., is Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He completed his Ph.D. in Church History at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His articles have appeared in journals such as Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum, The Thomist, Pro Ecclesia, Nova et Vetera, and Gregorianum. He served on the National Catholic-Reformed Dialogue, the National Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue, and the National Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue. He has also served the International Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity.