Moral Dilemmas An Introduction to Christian Ethics

ISBN-10: 0664233163

ISBN-13: 9780664233167

Edition: 2009

Authors: J. Philip Wogaman

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How can we make decisions that are consistent with our basic values? We must first, Wogaman says, identify basic moral presumptions that can guide our thought as we face moral dilemmas. These basic moral presumptions include equality, grace, the value of human life, the unity of humankind, preferential claims for the poor and marginalized, and the goodness of creation. The burden of proof, he argues, must be borne by decisions that are contrary to such presumptions. Wogaman then illustrates how moral decision making works on the personal, national, and global levels and in communities of faith. He pulls into the conversation difficult ethical issues such as divorce, sexuality, abortion, political choices, economic justice, affirmative action, homosexuality, nuclear disarmament, economic globalization, global warming, international security, environmental policies, and military power. In the process, he provides a smart and helpful guide to Christian ethical behavior.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 3/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Starting Points
Some Decisions Are Easier Than Others
Easy Decisions
More Difficult Decisions
Moral Dilemmas
The Deep Basis of the Moral Life
Practical Decision-Making
Why Ethics Is Ultimately Religious
Acceptable and Unacceptable Forms of Revelation
The Useful Incompleteness of Religious Tradition
Moral Virtue and Character
Intuition and Deliberation in Moral Decision-Making
The Absolute and the Relative in Moral Life
Have We Become Too Relativistic?
The Natural-Law Approach
God as the Absolute
Facts and Values
Individual Integrity and Communal Authority
The Transcendent Absolute
Rules and Relationships
The Moral Burden of Proof
A Legal Analogy
Applying the Idea of "Presumption" to Ethical Decision-Making
Moral Presumptions as a Common Starting Point
Basic Moral Presumptions
Uses of Scripture
Positive Christian Value Presumptions
The Limits and Flaws in Human Nature
Presumptions That Preserve Balance
A Presumption for Scripture and Tradition
When Presumptions Are in Conflict
Applications and Illustrations
Difficult Personal Decisions
Sexual Intimacy and Family Life
Contraception and Abortion
Choosing a Spouse
Vocational Choices
The Uses of Our Money
Political Choices
Hard Choices in the Public Arena
The Dilemma of "Affirmative Action"
Securing Economic Justice
Environmental Policies
Criminal Justice
Uses of Military Power
Hard Choices at the Global Level
International Institution Building
International Security and Policing
Nuclear Disarmament
Economic Globalization
Global Warming
Hard Choices in Communities of Faith
Appendix: Avoiding Pitfalls in Moral Argument
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