BETWEEN MT. MORIAH AND MT. GOLGOTHA: How Is Christian Ethics Possible?
Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012
© 2012 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 629–652, December 2012
How to Cite
Ahn, I. (2012), BETWEEN MT. MORIAH AND MT. GOLGOTHA: How Is Christian Ethics Possible?. Journal of Religious Ethics, 40: 629–652. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2012.00541.x
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012
- Aqedah narrative;
- Passion story;
- Christian ethics;
- Mt. Golgotha;
- Mt. Moriah;
- Søren Kierkegaard
In this paper, I explore a new way of understanding Christian ethics by critically interconnecting the theological meanings of the Aqedah (“binding”) narrative of Mt. Moriah and the Passion story of Mt. Golgotha. Through an in-depth critical-theological investigation of the relation between these two biblical events, I argue that Christian ethics is possible not so much as a moralization or as a literalistic divine command theory, but rather as a “covenantal-existential” response to God's will in the impossible love on Mt. Moriah as well as in the Son's willing embrace of God's will on Mt. Golgotha.