By Christopher C. H. Cook
Addictive issues are characterized via a department of the desire, during which the addict is attracted either by means of a wish to proceed the addictive behaviour and in addition by means of a wish to cease it. educational views in this obstacle frequently come from scientific and clinical standpoints, with the 'moral version' rejected as outdated. yet Christian theology has a protracted background of pondering and writing on such difficulties and provides insights that are worthwhile to clinical and moral mirrored image upon the character of habit. Chris prepare dinner studies Christian theological and moral mirrored image upon the issues of alcohol use and misuse, from biblical occasions till the current day. Drawing really upon the writings of St Paul the Apostle and Augustine of Hippo, a severe theological version of habit is built. Alcohol dependence can be considered within the broader moral point of view of the use and misuse of alcohol inside groups.
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35 Lenters, 1985. Orford, 2001. 37 Playfair, 1991. McCormick, 1989, pp. 146, 150. g. 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19. See Playfair, 1991, pp. 29–32. An addiction in context 19 On the one hand, the approach of Lenter and McCormick seems to make sin a form of universal human addiction, such that all human beings are in some sense ‘addicted’. On the other hand, the approach of Playfair understands addiction as the sinful result of just one form of human sinfulness, which people have in some sense chosen to follow.
2002, p. 7). West, 2001, p. 3. But this approach does not receive universal acceptance. For some, addiction is the exact antithesis of this, a matter of deliberate choice. For example, it has been described as ‘a fondness for, or orientation toward, some thing or activity’ (Schaler, 2002, p. xiv). Although Schaler would argue that addiction need not be harmful, and that virtues are merely addictions which are approved of (Schaler, 2002, p. xiv). 30 May, 1988. West, 2001, p. 3. 31 For example, John Booth Davies,32 a social psychologist, in his book The Myth of Addiction, considers addiction to be an explanation that people offer for their behaviour which attributes causality to external sources.
At one level, it is clear that everyone has the choice as to whether or not they will drink alcohol at all. 62 In the Middle East, owing to the 60 62 61 G. Edwards, Marshall and Cook, 2003, pp. 16–18. , 1998; Cook and Gurling, 2001. For example, in a survey undertaken for the Department of Health, in Great Britain in 2002, 9% of men and 14% of women reported that they had not drunk alcohol at all in the preceding year (Lader and Meltzer, 2002, p. 12). In England, in 1999, another survey undertaken on behalf of the Department of Health revealed that the proportion of men and women who had never drunk alcohol was higher among most ethnic minority groups, and especially among those that are predominantly Muslim (Erens and Laiho, 2001).
Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics) by Christopher C. H. Cook