Christian Ethics: Four Views (Spectrum Multiview Series)
:The field of Christian ethics is the subject of frequent conversation as Christians seek to understand how to live faithfully within a pluralistic society. The range of ethical systems and moral philosophies available can be confusing to people seeking clarity...
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:The field of Christian ethics is the subject of frequent conversation as Christians seek to understand how to live faithfully within a pluralistic society. The range of ethical systems and moral philosophies available can be confusing to people seeking clarity about what the different theories mean for everyday life.Christian Ethics: Four Views presents a dialogue between four main approaches to ethics in the Christian tradition. Virtue ethics focuses less on the action itself and more on the virtuous character of the moral agent. A divine command approach looks instead at whether an action has been commanded by God, in which case it is morally right. Natural law ethics argues for a universal, objective morality grounded in nature. Finally, prophetic ethics judges what is morally right in light of a biblical understanding of divine justice and shalom. The four views and their proponents are as follows:
Brad J. Kallenberg: Virtue Ethics
John Hare: Divine Command Ethics
Claire Peterson: Natural Law Ethics
Peter Heltzel: Prophetic Ethics
Christian Ethics: Four Views, edited by noted ethicist Steve Wilkens, presents an accessible introduction to the key positions in Christian ethics today.
Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.
His books include Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans (2004), Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (co-authored with Alan Padgett, 2000); Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics (1995) and Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 3: Journey to Postmodernity in the Twentieth Century. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church (2005).
- :introduction By Steve Wilkens
- 1. Virtue Ethics By Brad J. Kallenberga Natural Law Responsea Divine Command Theory Responsea Prophetic Ethics Response
- 2. Natural Law By Claire Brown Petersona Virtue Ethics Responsea Divine Command Theory Responsea Prophetic Ethics Response
- 3. Divine Command Theory By John Harea Virtue Ethics Responsea Natural Law Responsea Prophetic Ethics Response
- 4. Prophetic Ethics By Peter Goodwin Heltzela Virtue Ethics Responsea Natural Law Responsea Divine Command Theory Response