“From Every Tribe and Tongue and People and Nation”: The All-Inclusive Group

David G. Hellwig

Vol. 2, No. 2

Fall 2020

DOI: 10.33929/sherm.2020.vol2.no2.09

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Pages: 157-171

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John Hartung, Love, Leviticus, Jesus, Morality, Hermeneutics, Neighbor, Love Thy Neighbor, David G. Hellwig, Presuppositions, Inspiration, Context, Redemption, All-Inclusive

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This article seeks to take a position different from John Hartung’s position in his article entitled, “Love Thy Neighbor: The Evolution of In-Group Morality.” His article was originally written in two separate issues in Skeptic in 1995 and 1996. Hartung takes the position that in-group morality (a moral code for a specific group) exists so that religious groups can compete against other groups, even overcoming them through violence and subordination. The position of this present article seeks to show that Hartung’s premise falls short through examination of presuppositions, the central motif of redemption, and a high view of Scripture in light of its context. This article will address certain components from Hartung’s article to state a position that remains true to the biblical text. Instead of an in-group morality, this article promotes an all-inclusive group morality that is intended to extend beyond that group to others for the purpose of evangelism, not competition.

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