chapter  3
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Situation Ethics

Joseph Fletcher developed Situation Ethics in the 1960s in reaction to Christian legalism and antinomianism (which is the belief that there are no fixed moral principles, but that morality is the result of individual spontaneous acts). Fletcher’s ethics were influenced by a variety of scholars from William Temple to Paul Tillich, and in turn has influenced the views of modern ethicists such as Richard Holloway. Many of the ideas that seemed outlandish and almost heretical at the time have now become mainstream within Christianity, so much so that they no longer stand out but are part of the way many Christians think today and how they put these beliefs into practice.