Christian Ethics (Guides For The Perplexed Series)
Christian ethics is a most perplexing subject. This Guide takes the reader through the most fundamental issues surrounding the question of Ethics from a Christian perspective: Is ethics a meaningful topic of discourse and can there be such a thing as an ethical argument or ethical persuasion? What is the meaning of the adjective in "Christian Ethics"?Could right behavior be different for Christians than it is for others? Can we turn to the Bible for help? Does the Bible tell us what to do, or give us insight into the good we should aim to achieve, or give us a narrative by which to live? Is it best to think of ethics as a matter of duty, or good, or excellence? If we take the virtue line and say that ethics is about human excellence, doing well as a human being or succeeding at being a good human being then what will we say about humans who cannot achieve excellence? The virtue approach leads us to place friendship as the goal of ethics.
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About "Christian Ethics (Guides For The Perplexed Series)"
Meet the Author
Victor Lee Austin
The Reverend Victor Lee Austin, (Ph.D., Fordham University) is Theologian-in-residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. He is the author of scholarly articles in political theology, ecclesiology, and social ethics, as well as a book of theological meditations on everyday life, A Priests Journal; Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings and Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed.
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Table Of Contents
- 1. What Is Christian Ethics?; The Overall Picture: Christian Ethics And The Contemporary World Key Ideas; Vital Moments Of History And The Development Of Christian Ideas; Attitudes To Scripture And Divine Commands; Key Perplexities (questions: Headings Of Chaps. 2, 3-4, 5, 6-8, 9); Summary; 2. Why Are Christian Ethics Different?; Reasoning About Christian Ethics - The Sources: Scripture, Tradition, Natural Law, And Experience.; Scripture: Some Initial Comments; Tradition: An Introduction; Natural Law: An Introduction; Conscience And The Formation Of Christian Character; Brief Comparison To Some Other Ethical Theories: Duties, Consequences And Virtues; Existentialism; Neo-darwinianism; Relativism.; Comparison To The Western Secular Capitalist/utilitarian Perspective; Summary; 3. Why Do Christians Differ Amongst Themselves Over Ethics? Part 1 - Sources And History; Differences Over Scripture, Tradition And Natural Law; Scripture: Further Comments On Key Problems; Fundamentalists, Conservatives And Liberals - And Various Shades Between. Tradition: More History - Catholics, Orthodox And Protestants; Catholic And Protestant Differences: Tradition And Natural Law - A Further Exploration; Summary; Part 2 - Contemporary Issues; Evangelicalism; Liberation Theology; Feminism; Contemporary Natural Law Theories; Christian Virtue Ethics; Summary; 5. What About Similarities? Can Christian Ethics Be Part Of A Global Ethic?; Macintyre, Hauerwas And The Critique Of The Enlightenment; Hans Kung And A Global Ethic; Q&a.
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