Why a special issue on care? It’s a fair question. As one colleague said recently, if we have the gospels, do we really need something else to tell us how others should be treated? We maintain that because of its bidirectional nature, ethic of care, and particularly Christian ethic of care, are fundamentally reflective of God’s nature. It is not just ethical but also theological: it helps us understand God's love and care for us, to see it as more than a one way street. The literature on ethic of care, especially that of Noddings, tells us that this bidirectional nature holds in the case of care for someone who is helpless, like a mother's care of an infant. Despite the helplessness, nonetheless the mother receives care from the baby, a fulfillment of a heart's desire, a relationship untainted by selfishness or blind ambition.
Shotsberger, P., & Freytag, C. (2018). Introduction. International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal, 13(2).