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Overall, the stron g Orthodox stres s upon th e Spirit and th e spiritua l i s apparent i n al l three Extracts. The interna l variation s apparen t withi n thes e tradition s mak e inappropriat e an y simplistic identificatio n o f particula r ethica l approache s o r stance s wit h particula r Churches. Naturally , ther e alway s hav e bee n interna l difference s withi n th e Roma n 29 A TEXTBOO K OF CHRISTIA N ETHICS Catholic, Orthodox , Anglican or Reformed Churches. However , ecumenism and , with it, the growing tendency of professional theologian s to rea d widely in traditions othe r tha n their own, make these differences considerabl y mor e complicate d t o analyse.
At the other end of the spectrum is the radica l rejection of secular ethics of Bonhoeffer's Extract 1, Earth' s Extrac t 8 an d Hauerwas ' Extrac t 18 . A combination o f Reforme d Christia n ethics and radicalism can be found in both Bonino's Extract 19 and McFague's Extract 25. And Extrac t 27 serves to illustrat e the distinctiv e Quake r approach. The Orthodo x tradition i s represented i n Berdyaev' s Extract 9, Gregorios' Extrac t 22 and Ware's Extract 28. Ware represents a traditionalist approach to marriage and divorce, whereas Gregorios ' offer s a uniqu e Indian/Orthodox approac h t o technolog y an d th e environment.
Nonetheless, i t is possible t o mak e some comparison s betwee n them, finding similarities - betwee n Augustine and Aquinas, between Augustin e and Luther, and sometimes eve n between Aquina s and Luther - provided , o f course, tha t thei r radicall y different social , political an d cultura l contexts ar e kept i n mind : (1) Bot h Augustine and Luthe r live d i n age s of revolution . Augustin e witnessed th e gradual declin e o f th e Roma n Empire , dyin g a s Hipp o itsel f wa s unde r siege .