Matrix of Christian Ethics Integrating Philosophy and Moral Theology in a Postmodern Context

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Description: In today's world, many Christians don't know how to live ethically, let alone know what ethics is. Christian ethics probes our deepest sensibilities as humans and how we seek the good for others as well as for ourselves as followers of Christ. This  More...

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List price: $23.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 9/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In today's world, many Christians don't know how to live ethically, let alone know what ethics is. Christian ethics probes our deepest sensibilities as humans and how we seek the good for others as well as for ourselves as followers of Christ. This book begins to delve into this relevant and contemporary subject through methodological reflection on the commands, purposes, values, and virtues of Christian life in today's context. To address these factors, an integrative approach to ethics is proposed, borrowing from classical ethical models such as consequential ethics, principle ethics, virtue ethics, and value ethics. This is what the authors call a matrix of Christian ethics. This matrix will be played out in a variety of ways throughout the book, from the discussion of the postmodern situation of ethics and values to current proposals for the ongoing development of Christian ethics today. It concludes with some practically oriented guidelines to help the reader consider contemporary ethical questions and conflicts within a framework of biblical wisdom, in view of the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of followers of Christ.

Patrick Nullens (PhD) is president and professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium. Nullens also leads the Institute of Ethics and Leadership, a research institute under the umbrella of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit.

Ronald T. Michener (Dr. theol.) is associate professor of systematic theology and chair of the Department of Systematic Theology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven. He is the author of Engaging Deconstructive Theology.

Preface
Introduction
Ethics and Morals
Distinguishing between Morality and Ethics Today
Biblical Ethics?
Subdivisions of Ethics
Incentives for Studying Ethics
Christian Ethics Reflecting the Imago Dei
Christian Ethics in Faith and Life
The Instability of Ethics: Responsive and Contextual
Signals of a Moral Crisis
Technology and Moral Confusion
Tracing the Moral Climate of Today
Moral Argumentation
A Case Study in Bribery
Four Approaches
Ethics and Worldview
Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology
Philosophy and Theology in Relation to Ethics
Consequential Ethics
Popular Hedonism
Classical Hedonism: Epicurus
Modern Hedonism
Utilitarianism
Ethics of Responsibility
Principle Ethics
The Theonomous Principle Ethics of Thomas Aquinas
The Theonomous Principle Ethics of John Calvin
The Autonomous Principle Ethics of Immanuel Kant
Post-Kantian Theonomous Principle Ethics
Character Ethics and the Virtues
The Classical Virtues: Aristotle
The Christian Virtues
Character Ethics: Stanley Hauerwas_Community, Narrative, and Character
Value Ethics and Personalism
Max Scheler's Value Ethics
The Personalism of Emmanuel Levinas
The Triune God and the Good
Theocentrism and Ethics
The Trinity and God's Absolute Love
The Trinity and Theological Balance
The Father: Creator and Lawgiver
Christ as Redeemer
The Holy Spirit: Sanctifier
The Ethical Human Being
Human Dignity and the Imago Dei
Relational Anthropology and Ethics
The Moral Conscience
The Use of the Bible in Christian Ethics
The Authority of the Bible and Ethics
Problems with the Use of the Bible in Ethics
The Diversity of the Bible
The Use of Scripture in a Theological Framework
A Variegated Biblical Ethics
The Commandments and the Iceberg Model
The Messiah and the Revolution of Values
Purpose Ethics: Happy in God's Kingdom
Character Ethics: A New Creation
Facing Moral Problems
Thinking Through the Matrix
Moral Antinomies
Concluding Thoughts
Bibliography
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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