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An Introduction to Christian Ethics

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A few years ago, thefirst distinction that ethicists drew was the line between Christian ethics andphilosophical ethics. However, in our global context, Christian ethicists must now, in addition, compare and contrast various ethics. Christian ethics has becomeincreasingly multivocal not only...


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A few years ago, thefirst distinction that ethicists drew was the line between Christian ethics andphilosophical ethics. However, in our global context, Christian ethicists must now, in addition, compare and contrast various ethics. Christian ethics has becomeincreasingly multivocal not only because of a plurality of faiths but also becauseof a plurality of Christianities. Beginning with five keyideas about God 's relationship to humanity and history, Dr. Lovin shows how thesework together to shape the Christian stance. In the first three chapters, he thenshows how those ideas took shape in relation to other ways of thinking about ethicsin the world of early Christianity and identifies four major variations: Synergy, Integrity, Realism, and Liberation. The six remaining chapters cover historical andcontemporary developments in the three ways of thinking about moral choices: teleology, deontology, and areteology. Test cases are also included. The purpose of the book is to indicate what is possible in Christianethics, rather than to prescribe one way that it ought to be done. The aim is not toget readers to choose one among the Christian possibilities and use it exclusively, but use this introduction as a resource to arrive at their own ways of thinkingabout moral problems in order to act with integrity.
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A few years ago, the first distinction that ethicists drew was the line between Christian ethics and philosophical ethics. However, in our global context, Christian ethicists must now, in addition, compare and contrast various ethics. Christian ethics has become increasingly multivocal not only because of a plurality of faiths but also because of a plurality of Christianities.

Beginning with five key ideas about God's relationship to humanity and history, Dr. Lovin shows how these work together to shape the Christian stance. In the first three chapters, he then shows how those ideas took shape in relation to other ways of thinking about ethics in the world of early Christianity and identifies four major variations: Synergy, Integrity, Realism, and Liberation. The six remaining chapters cover historical and contemporary developments in the three ways of thinking about moral choices: teleology, deontology, and areteology. Test cases are also included.

The purpose of the book is to indicate what is possible in Christian ethics, rather than to prescribe one way that it ought to be done. The aim is not to get readers to choose one among the Christian possibilities and use it exclusively, but use this introduction as a resource to arrive at their own ways of thinking about moral problems in order to act with integrity.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 331708
  • Product Code 9780687467365
  • ISBN 0687467365
  • EAN 9780687467365
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Nov 2011
  • Sales Rank 55637
  • Dimensions 228 x 203 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.368kg

Robin Lovin

Robin W. Lovin is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, where he previously served as Dean of the Perkins School of Theology. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard University and an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. He was previously Dean at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and has also taught at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. His previous books include Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism (1994).

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