Sacredness of Human Life Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is the Key to the World's Future

ISBN-10: 0802844200
ISBN-13: 9780802844200
Edition: 2012
Authors: David P. Gushee
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 477
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

This authoritative book is the most comprehensive examination ever of the sacredness of human life. Never before has one volume explored this subject in such a multifaceted way, encompassing biblical roots, theological elaborations, historical cases, and contemporary ethical perspectives. Tracing the concept of the sacredness of human life from Scripture through church history to the present day, David Gushee argues that viewing human life as sacred is one of the most precious legacies of biblical faith -- albeit one that the church has too often failed to uphold. Besides providing a masterful historical survey, Gushee s discussion covers the many current ethical challenges and perspectives that will impact the survival and flourishing of human life, including biotechnology, the death penalty, abortion, human rights, nuclear weapons, just war theory, women s rights, and creation care.Gushee s Sacredness of Human Life is a game-changing book that will set the standard for all future discussions of this key ethical concept.

Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prelude
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why a Book about the Sacredness of Human Life?
How This Book Came to Be
Joining the Archaeologists
Plan of the Book
Notes about My Approach
Two Scenes from Europe
Sacredness as Moral Reality and Moral Task
What It Means to Say That Human Life Is Sacred
Definitions and Etymologies
A Sacredness Paradigm
Sacred Human Beings
Does Sacredness Require God?
Humanity as Sacred: Ancient Christian Doctrine or Recent Innovation?
Current Christian Definitions of the Sacredness of Life
My Christian Definition of Life's Sacredness - and Puzzles That Remain
The Old Testament and the Sacredness of Human Life
Creation, Humanity, and the Image of God
God's Compassionate Care and Liberating Deliverance
Biblical Law and Life's Sacredness
The Decalogue
The Prophetic Demand and Yearning for Shalom
Toward Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, the New Testament, and the Sacredness of Human Life
The Ministry of Jesus Christ
The Incarnation of Jesus Christ
The Image of Jesus Christ
The Expansive Reach of the Body of Christ
The New Testament and the Sacredness of Life: A Dialogue with Richard Hays
The Sacredness of Life in Early Christianity
The Christendom Question
The Church against War
The Church against Abortion and Infanticide
The Church against Judicial Torment and Killing
The Church against the Mayhem of the Arenas
"Regard People as Truly Sacred"
An Army of Peace and Piety
Love without Partiality
Sojourners of Christ
Christians as the Romans Saw Them
How the Early Church Retained Its Moral Vision
The Fateful Transition to Christendom
The Constantinian Transition
Theodosius Mandates Orthodox Christianity
Moral Damage at the Foundations
Advances and Regressions for the Sacredness of Life
Christendom Divided against Itself: Three Case Studies
The Crusades, Francis, and the Sacred Lives of Enemies
Colonialism, Las Casas, and the Sacred Lives of Indians
Anti-Semitism, Overton, and the Sacred Lives of Jews
A Tragically Mixed Legacy
Enlightenment Transitions: Natural Rights, Rule of Law, and Human Dignity
Enlightenment Transitions and the Sacredness of Human Life
Natural Right/s: Bridge Concepts between the Medieval and Modern Worlds
John Locke: Equality, Rule of Law, and Resistance to Tyranny
Immanuel Kant: Dignity, Autonomy, and the Moral Law
Trial Balance: The Journey So Far
Nietzsche Rejects the Christian God and Christian Morality
New Challenges to Belief in the Sacredness of Human Life
Reading Nietzsche
Biographical Basics
Tragic Pessimism: The Birth of Tragedy (1872)
The Pathos and Delusion of the Great Quest for "Truth" (1872-1873)
Acknowledging That We Are Human, All Too Human (1878)
No Justice, No Rights, No Equality
No Pity
Cruelty Not Necessarily Evil
The Right and Dignity of Suicide
Social Contempt and Suppression of "Degenerating" Lives
The Benefits of War
Nietzsche and the Sacredness of Human Life
Desecrations: Twentieth-Century Nazi Assaults on Human Life
Hitler and His Crimes
How They Got There: The Nazi Party Platform of 1920
Aggrieved Nationalism
Imperialism and Colonialism
Racism and Anti-Semitism
Disenfranchisement - Exclusion from Political Community
Expulsion and Statelessness
Statist, Racist, Homogeneous Communitarianism
Ruthless Avenging Violence
National Health and Racial Hygiene
Authoritarianism, Propaganda, and Suppression of Civil Liberties
The Religious Politics of National Salvation
"Contempt for the Sanctity of Human Life"
Honoring Human Life: Twenty-first-Century Challenges
Rebuilding the Moral Order after World War II
Abortion
Biotechnological Innovations
The Death Penalty
Human Rights
Nuclear Weapons
Women's Rights
Other Issues
The Sacredness of God's Creation
The Sacredness of Human Life and Ecological Degradation
Problems of a Sacredness-of-Human-Life Ethic for the Care of Creation
The Development of Alternative Theological Paradigms
Toward a Broadened Christian Sacredness-of-Life Ethic
Rediscovering Scripture
Some Moral Implications
Embracing a Sacredness-of-Created-Life Ethic
Final Words: For the Church and Its Neighbors
Where We Started: What It Means to Say That Human Life Is Sacred
Summary of Major Discoveries
The Thirty-six Righteous
Honoring Life Together
Bibliography
Index of Subjects and Names
Index of Scripture References

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