This article deals with the question of bribery based on the methodology described in The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays. We will look at the main passages of Scripture that discuss bribery and make conclusions on a biblical basis as to whether the Bible permits us to give or receive bribes. After that, we will examine different possible solutions of the bribery problem based on various ethical theories. At the end of the article we will draw conclusions in connection with case studies concerning churches in Ukraine that participated in offering bribes.


Bribery; bribery based on the methodology described in The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays; bribery problem based on various ethical theories

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