A Christian accounting ethic

God’s image and work transform our image and work

Authored by: Martin Stuebs , John M. Thornton

The Routledge Handbook of Accounting Ethics

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138591967
eBook ISBN: 9780429490224
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429490224-13

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Abstract

From a Christian perspective, preventing unethical accounting activity cannot be achieved simply by developing better principles, rules, or pedagogies. Right behavior is only made possible by God, who brings about true change through a complete renewal of one’s heart and mind. This chapter explains how a Christian perspective on accounting ethics is impacted by Christians’ understanding of (1) the problem of fallen human nature and flawed human character in need of redemption, which leads to (2) a needed prescription of God’s perfect nature and character, especially His love, righteousness, and sovereignty. This Christian perspective pays special attention to the importance of God’s Word and the life of Jesus as revealed in the Bible, and how God’s love motivates a life of service for the glory of God.

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