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To what extent would you say Situation Ethics is a useful ethical theory?

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´╗┐Nathan Wright To what extent would you say Situation Ethics is a useful ethical theory? People see Situation Ethics as being a useful Ethical Theory, but as with any ethical theory there are strengths and weaknesses of the theory. One strength is that it is an alternative Christian Ethic which is consistent with the Gospel. This means it goes directly with the teachings of Jesus' lesson of choosing love over the law. This shows that Jesus puts God and his faith above everything else even the law. Due to these Situation Ethics is seen as being consistent with the New Testament. Another strength is Situation Ethics being flexible and practical. ...read more.

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This means that it isn?t as valid because it relies on one person?s perception of a certain situation. The main question which is raised is how can an individual decide which is the most loving action? This causes problems because we could do an unloving thing and justify it because we think it will cause a loving thing at the end, when really the loving thing will never happen. Situation Ethics could prove unworkable because it?s hard to think and conclude all the consequences of a particular action. One other weakness is that Situation Ethics is individualistic because everyone sees things from their own perspective. An issue with this is people may pollute unconditional love with selfish human tendencies. ...read more.

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Another good thing is that it is very flexible and considers the complexities of human life which other ethical theories do not consider such as a legalist. Therefore you can choose the best of a bad situation and make it not as bad. On the other had it does have many weaknesses with the main one being that it really does depend on the person who is making the decision and not actually what is best to do. For example a mad man may have different ideas of good compared to a priest. Also an atheist may have different views to a catholic. So it all depends on the person and as a person they can choose the most loving thing or have a selfish human tendency and do something which would benefit them. ...read more.

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