Christian Ethics

ISBN-10: 0199568863
ISBN-13: 9780199568864
Edition: 2010
Authors: D. Stephen Long
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Description: This Very Short Introduction to Christian ethics introduces the topic by examining its sources and historical basis. D. Stephen Long presents a discussion of the relationship between Christian ethics, modern, and postmodern ethics, and explores  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 7/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

This Very Short Introduction to Christian ethics introduces the topic by examining its sources and historical basis. D. Stephen Long presents a discussion of the relationship between Christian ethics, modern, and postmodern ethics, and explores practical issues including sex, money, and power. Long recognises the inherent difficulties in bringing together 'Christian' and 'ethics' but argues that this is an important task for both the Christian faith and for ethics. Arguing that Christian ethics are not a precise science, but the cultivation of practical wisdom from a range of sources, Long also discusses some of the failures of the Christian tradition, including the crusades, the conquest, slavery, inquistions, and the Galileo affair. Placing them in the context of the theory and practice of ethics and their historical persepctive, he notes the challenges they raise for Christian ethics. He concludes with a discussion of their implications in the modern era, considering how this affects our lives in the present age.

D. Stephen Long is professor of Systematic Theology at Marquette University.

List of illustrations
Introduction
The sources of Christian ethics
The history of Christian ethics
Christian ethics in and beyond modernity
Sex, money, and power: some questions for Christian ethics
References
Further reading
Index

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