Introduction to Christian Ethics

ISBN-10: 013194794X
ISBN-13: 9780131947948
Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Roger H. Crook
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List price: $82.20
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 2/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Helping readers look at moral issues seriously, intelligently, and from a Christian perspective, this comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction to the study of Christian ethics emphasizes the use of scripture, tradition, and the Christian community as resources to help formulate a personal approach in ethical living as it describes a variety of contemporary approaches to the consideration of ethical issues; discusses the authors own methods for making ethical decisions; and explores some of the critical issues of our day. Acquaints readers with both the field of ethics in general and varieties of Christian ethical systems in particular, and assists them in the formulation of an approach that they will find valid for themselves. Combines theological, philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives in examining moral issues. Considers sources of guidance, biblical ethics, faith working through love, Christian ethics and such contemporary issues as human sexuality, marriage relationships, issues in biomedical ethics, and the status of women. Discusses citizenship in a democracy, punishment for crime, war and the quest for peace, ecology and our moral responsibility, and much more. Offers new discussions on the ethics of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and the moral implications of cloning. For readers interested in ethics, religion and/or philosophy.

Preface
Introduction: To the Student
Ethics and Christian Ethics
An Overview of Ethics
Definitions
Subject Matter
Assumptions
Cautions
Alternatives to Christian Ethics
Religious Systems
Judaism
Islam
Hinduism
Buddhism
Humanism
Objectivism
Behaviorism
Alternatives within Christian Ethics
Obedience to External Authority
In Roman Catholicism
In Protestantism
Responsibility for Personal Decisions
What Am I to Do?
What Am I to Be?
Transforming Society
Reinhold Niebuhr's "Impossible Possibility"
Paul Ramsey's "Obedient Love"
James Gustafson's "Theocentric Ethics"
Liberation Theology
Ethics and the Christian Faith
Sources of Guidance
The Bible
The Christian Community
The Nature of the Church
The Function of the Church
The Christian in the Church
Personal Experience
The Use of the Mind
The Prompting of the Conscience
The Leadership of the Spirit
Biblical Ethics
The Hebrew Scripture
General Characteristics of Hebrew Morality
The Law, the Prophets, and the Writings
Jesus and the Gospels
Jesus and Judaism
Characteristics of Jesus's Ethical Teachings
Basic Concepts in Jesus's Ethical Teachings
The Example of Jesus
The Ethical Teachings of Paul
Theology and Ethics
An Ethic of Responsible Freedom
An Ethic of Love
An Ethic of a New Life
Faith Working through Love
Theological Premises
Beliefs about God
Beliefs about Humankind
Beliefs about History
Faith
Faith and Salvation
Life in the Christian Community
The Instruction of Scripture
Worship and Morality
Love (Agape)
The Nature of Love
The Source of Love
The Demands of Love
The Relationship between Love and Justice
Decision
Christian Ethics and Contemporary Issues
Human Sexuality and the Marriage Relationship
The Current Scene
A Christian Interpretation of Sexuality
A Theological Perspective
Questions about the Relationship
A Christian Interpretation of Marriage
Homosexuality and the Christian Faith
Contemporary Social Perspectives
A Biblical Perspective
Varying Christian Interpretations
Homosexuality and the Christian Way of Life
Living-Together Arrangements
Life and Death: Issues in Biomedical Ethics
Abortion
Biomedical Parenting
Responsible Parenting
Cloning
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Organ Transplants
The Care of the Dying
Christian Ethics and Ethnicity
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Changes in the Social Structure
A Christian Approach
Biblical Concepts
Power for Social Change
A Strategy for Christian Involvement
The Status of Women
Images of Women
Women and the Law
Women and Employment
The Feminist Movement
Women and the Scripture
A Christian Approach to Current Issues
Citizenship in a Democracy
American Democratic Government
Biblical Teachings
The Hebrew Scripture
The Christian Scripture
The Christian as Citizen
The Obligations of Citizenship
The Contribution of Christians
Suggestions for Involvement
Punishment for Crime
The Concept of Punishment
The Rights of Victims
Capital Punishment
War and the Quest for Peace
The Bible and War
Christianity and Traditional Warfare
Christianity and Modern Warfare
Christianity and Terrorism
Christianity and Preemptive Warfare
The Quest for Peace
Work, Property, and Community
The Context: Capitalism
A Christian Perspective on Property
A Christian Perspective on Work
Personal Issues in an Impersonal Economic Order
Social Issues in an Impersonal Economic Order
Ideals and Economics
Ecology and Moral Responsibility
The Ecological Problem
Biblical Concepts
Theological Reflection
Suggestions for Involvement
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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