Examining Protestant, and especially Calvinist, emphases on divine command, Mouw argues that a divine command perspective need t be viewed as antithetical to the claims made by recent defenders of narrativist ethics. He explores the ways in which differing intratrinitarian emphases influence Christian moral experience, and he argues that a strong God-the-Father emphasis needs to be supplemented by perspectives that attend more to divine nearness, as in contemporary feminism and Pentecostalism. He concludes with some reflections on the way in which a divine command ethical perspective speaks in positive ways to the contemporary moral quest.
Richard J. Mouw returned to teaching in the position of Professor of Faith and Public Life after 20 years as president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993-2013). A philosopher, scholar, and author, he served as Fuller's provost and senior vice president for four years prior to his presidency, and as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics beginning in 1985. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Culture and Common Grace, Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals, and, most recently, Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground.