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Poon, M. N.-c. (Michael Nai-Chiu), (1984). 'the Counsel Against Despair' a Study in John Chrysostom's Ethics

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The Counsel against Despair: A Study in John Chrysostom's Ethics by M.N.-C. Poon Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of Oxford Trinity Term 1984. Balliol College The Counsel against Despair: A Study in John Chrysostom 1 s Ethics by M. N.-C. Poon Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Trinity Term 1984 Balliol College ABSTRACT Christian ethics are ecclesial. The aim of this study is to sustain this conviction in the case of St John Chrysostom. The
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  The Counsel against  Despair: A Study in John Chrysostom s Ethics by M.N.-C. Poon Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of OxfordTrinity Term  1984. Balliol College  The Counsel against  Despair: A Study in John  Chrysostom 1 s Ethics by M. N.-C. Poon Submitted  for the Degree of Doctor of PhilosophyTrinity Term 1984 Balliol College ABSTRACT Christian ethics are ecclesial.  The aim of this study is to  sustain this conviction in the case of St John Chrysostom. The pastoral concern The Counsel  against Despair provides the interpretative key to his ethics. The full spectrum of his works,  most of which are homilies, are  examined  in this study. The thesis begins with an  account  of the wider theological issues involved.  This is particularly necessary because pastoral ministry has generally  been regarded as peripheral to theology proper, and  homiletical material  has usually been dismissed as an  improper source for understanding patristic ethics. In the main body of the  thesis, the problem of despair is situated in Chrysostom   s  overall theological vision. The  intrinsic  connection of ethics to ecclesiology is explored through an analysis of the pivotal  role which  a  community in mutual consolation and exhortation plays in the overcoming of moral  impotence and  moral confusion. The implications for the moral commitments of an individual are also examined. Attention is given throughout the  analysis to the crucial points of departure between Chrysostom and those among his predecessors and contemporaries who maintain a more  rational and volitional interpretation of  ethics. A  concluding  chapter reflects  on Chrysostom 1 s contribution to  the understanding of the nature of pastoral ministry in the  modern age.  An Augustinian and a post-Vatican II Roman Catholic approach to the problem of ecclesiastical discipline are  analysed and found unsatisfactory. Chrysostom   s line of reasoning offers a way  to situate pastoral ministry in a wider moral framework. The thesis aims to show that homiletical material and  the place of  the affections in theological ethics should  receive more attention from patrologists and systematic  theologians.  Ill ABSTRACTChristian ethics are ecclesial. The aim of this study is to  sustain this conviction in  the case of the ethics of St  John Chrysostom. The pastoral concern The Counsel  against  Despair provides the interpretative key to his ethics.  The full spectrum of Chrysostom 1 s works, most of which are homilies, are examined in this study. The patristic interest in this analysis is clear. For Chrysostom  has in the main been regarded  as a popularizer rather than as a theologian  in his own right. This thesis explores his srcinal contribution to theological ethics.  More importantly, it seeks to gain insight into  a systematic theological  question: how are pastoral ministry  and theological work related to each other? Through the reporting and analysis of Chrysostom 1 s ethics, we hope  to provide theological distance from the contemporary scene in the Western world and thus gain a vantage point which will enable us to situate pastoral ministry within a wider moral framework than that informed by a more intellectual  and volitional understanding of  the gospel. The thesis begins with an account of these wider  issues at stake. Specifically, it  draws to attention  two issues in Western Christendom. First, it tends to hold an individualistic conception of pastoral ministry. Secondly, it maintains a hermeneutical principle which biases against the use of homiletical material as a valid source for understanding the history of ethics, with the consequence of impoverishing our understanding of the theological ferment in the patristic  iv period and of denying that period any serious contribution to  moral theology. Chapter Two situates  the problem of despair in Chrysostom's overall theological scheme. Two  features stand out. First, in contrast with the way in which the problem has come to be internalised and individualised in the classical treatment of it, a communal focus is maintained by Chrysostom. Chrysostom emphasizes that it embodies a pastoral commitment of the  pious to the historical community. The last judgement constitutes the only divide between members of the human community. Consideration is then given to the place of confidence in Chrysostom's ethics. Whereas a more intellectually  inclined theology will regard confidence, rather than despair, as characteristic of the Christian life, Chrysostom underlines the point that the essential solidarity of the human community in its sin and redemption prevents any full expression of confidence in the present age. The second feature of Chrysostom's treatment of despair concerns  its temporal focus. God's unwillingness to abandon  man in the face of despair is shown first in his providential dealings in history, and secondly in the biography of each individual. The chapter concludes with a consideration of Chrysostom's distinctive use of philanthropia as  the embodiment of God's patience. The emphases on communal commitment and divine patience
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