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Churchgoing and Christian Ethics

Robin Gill

Churchgoing and Christian Ethics

Robin Gill

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Robin Gill argues that once moral communities (such as churchgoers) take centre stage in ethics - as they do in virtue ethics - then there should be a greater interest in sociological evidence about these communities. This book examines recent evidence, gathered from social attitude surveys, about church communities, in particular their views on faith, moral order and love. It shows that churchgoers are distinctive in their attitudes and behaviour. Some of their attitudes change over time, and there are a number of obvious moral disagreements between different groups of churchgoers. Nonetheless, there are broad patterns of Christian beliefs, teleology and altruism which distinguish churchgoers as a whole from non-churchgoers. However, the values, virtues, moral attitudes and behaviour of churchgoers are shared by many other people as well. The distinctiveness of church communities in the modern world is thus real but relative, and is crucial for the task of Christian ethics.

- Publisher Robin Gill argues that moral communities should take centre stage in ethics. This book examines recent evidence about church communities in relation to faith, moral order and love, and shows that churchgoers are distinctive in their attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. Some attitudes change over time, and there are several moral disagreements between different groups of churchgoers. Moreover, their values and behaviour are shared by many non-churchgoers also. The distinctiveness of church communities in the modern world is thus real but relative, and is crucial for the task of Christian ethics.

- Publisher

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About "Churchgoing and Christian Ethics"

Robin Gill argues that once moral communities (such as churchgoers) take centre stage in ethics - as they do in virtue ethics - then there should be a greater interest in sociological evidence about these communities. This book examines recent evidence, gathered from social attitude surveys, about church communities, in particular their views on faith, moral order and love. It shows that churchgoers are distinctive in their attitudes and behaviour. Some of their attitudes change over time, and there are a number of obvious moral disagreements between different groups of churchgoers. Nonetheless, there are broad patterns of Christian beliefs, teleology and altruism which distinguish churchgoers as a whole from non-churchgoers. However, the values, virtues, moral attitudes and behaviour of churchgoers are shared by many other people as well. The distinctiveness of church communities in the modern world is thus real but relative, and is crucial for the task of Christian ethics.
- Publisher

Robin Gill argues that moral communities should take centre stage in ethics. This book examines recent evidence about church communities in relation to faith, moral order and love, and shows that churchgoers are distinctive in their attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. Some attitudes change over time, and there are several moral disagreements between different groups of churchgoers. Moreover, their values and behaviour are shared by many non-churchgoers also. The distinctiveness of church communities in the modern world is thus real but relative, and is crucial for the task of Christian ethics.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Robin Gill

Robin Gill (Ph.D., University of London) is Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, and an honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He is a member of the BMA Ethics Committee and has been a member of the Medical research Councils Stem Cell Steering Committee. He is a regular contributor to the Church Times.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface; List Of Tables; Introduction; Part I. The Theoretical Context: 1. Churchgoing And The Bias Of Virtue Ethicists; 2. Churchgoing And The Bias Of Sociologists; 3. Four Theories Of Churchgoing; Part Ii. The Evidence: 4. The British Household Panel Survey; 5. Faith In British Social Attitudes Surveys; 6. Moral Order In British Social Attitudes Surveys; 7. Love In British Social Attitudes Surveys; Part Iii. The Implications: 8. Churchgoing And Christian Identity; 9. Churches And Moral Disagreement; Postscript; Works Cited; Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 180476
  • Product Code 0521578280
  • EAN 9780521578288
  • Pages 292
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Aug 1999
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.370kg

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