How does the Bible function in Christian ethics? The essay surveys a number of different theories and approaches and tries to indicate what it means to take seriously the whole testimony of the Bible and matters of hermeneutics. Porter explores the possible use of Wittgenstein's "classes of utterances" for a better understanding of the use of Scripture in ethics.
It is not always easy to discern the will of God for our lives in diverse situations. The author of this article, however, is convinced that universal moral absolutes do exist, that God has revealed them to us, and that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the use of good hermeneutics and exegesis we can discern them.