The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics
Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year! What is ethics? Why should Christians care? Beginning with these basic questions, Stanley Grenz masterfully leads his readers into a theological engagement with moral inquiry. In The...
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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year!
What is ethics?
Why should Christians care?
Beginning with these basic questions, Stanley Grenz masterfully leads his readers into a theological engagement with moral inquiry. In The Moral Quest he sets forth the basics of ethics, considers the role and methods of Christian ethics in particular, and examines the ethical approaches of the Old Testament, the Gospels and Paul. He introduces the foundational theological ethics of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Luther and the Reformers. And he concludes with an even handed discussion of modern and contemporary Christian ethicists, including Albert Ritschl, Walter Rauschenbusch, Karl Barth, James Gustafson, Paul Ramsey, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr., Gustavo Gutiérrez, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Stanley Hauerwas, Carl F. H. Henry and Oliver O'Donovan.
Clear, concise, and well apprised of relevant literature, Grenz (a theologian recognized for the excellence of his own theological and ethical work) provides in this book a first-rate introduction to Christian ethics. The Moral Quest will well serve students, pastors and interested laypersons alike
Table of Contents
Introduction: Christian Ethics in a Transitional Age
1. Christian Ethics & the Ethical Task
2. The Greek Ethical Tradition
3. Ethics in the Bible
4. Model Christian Proposals
5. Contemporary Christian Proposals
6. Christian Ethics & the Contemporary Context
7. Foundations of a Christian Ethic
8. Comprehensive Love: The Content of the Christian Ethic
Epilogue: The Celebrative Nature of the Christian Ethic
Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) received his D.Theol. at the University of Munich, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director, assistant pastor and pastor, in addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. From 1990 until his unexpected death, Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Grenz wrote or co-authored twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (2004). His other books include The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei (Westminster John Knox), Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context(with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics (IVP), A Primer on Postmodernism (Eerdmans), Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), Revisioning Evangelical Theology: A Fresh Agenda for the 21st Century (IVP), and The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options (IVP).