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The stream of Christianity has never run its course through a generation of believers in which has not been found someone who urged the application of Jesus teachings to the social perplexities of the day. The persistence of this attitude has not, however, been a guarantee of consistency either in the interpretation of the gospel they sought to apply or in the method of application. The approaches to the understanding of the ethic of Jesus have been as many and varied as the problems, the thought, and the radical characteristics of the people who have quenched their thirst with the living water of the stream. And now this ethical emphasis has come to occupy the central place in the Christianity of our time.
The objective is not to determine the content of the ethic except where it is necessary to the progress of the central problem. No one “system” of Christian ethics will be used. Nor is the aim to criticize the present social order on the basis of the Christian Ethic. That is another task outside the scope of this work. The objective herein accepted is to consider critically the problem of the permanent validity of the Christian Ethic.
Orton, Dwayne. (1933). The problem of the permanent validity of the ethical teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. University of the Pacific, Thesis. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/940