John W. Kleiner


In the process of ethical decision making, moral judgment is as important as moral commitment; thus ethical decision making calls for thoughtful consideration. To assist in this process the article proposes a model with four components: 1) theological reflection; 2) social context; 3) moral agent in community; and 4) resolution, response, action, decision, strategy, and planning. The article stresses the central role of the moral agent as the one who is shaped by the social context and theological reflection and also as the one who in dialogue with other Christians and in a reciprocal relationship with social context and theological reflection, makes decisions and responds.