Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics

Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics

by Christopher C. H. Cook
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521851823

ISBN-13: 9780521851824

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Addictive disorders are characterised by a division of the will, in which the addict is attracted both by a desire to continue the addictive behaviour and also by a desire to stop it. Academic perspectives on this predicament usually come from clinical and scientific standpoints, with the 'moral model' rejected as outmoded. But Christian theology has a long history

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Overview

Addictive disorders are characterised by a division of the will, in which the addict is attracted both by a desire to continue the addictive behaviour and also by a desire to stop it. Academic perspectives on this predicament usually come from clinical and scientific standpoints, with the 'moral model' rejected as outmoded. But Christian theology has a long history of thinking and writing on such problems and offers insights which are helpful to scientific and ethical reflection upon the nature of addiction. Chris Cook reviews Christian theological and ethical reflection upon the problems of alcohol use and misuse, from biblical times until the present day. Drawing particularly upon the writings of St Paul the Apostle and Augustine of Hippo, a critical theological model of addiction is developed. Alcohol dependence is also viewed in the broader ethical perspective of the use and misuse of alcohol within communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521851824
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
New Studies in Christian Ethics Series, #27
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Alcohol, addiction and Christian ethics: introduction; 2. An addiction in context: the use, misuse and harmful use of alcohol; 3. Drunkenness as vice in the New Testament; 4. Drunkenness as intemperance: Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Whitefield; 5. Temperance redefined: the nineteenth century temperance movement; 6. Addiction as sin and syndrome: the divided self; 7. Alcohol, addiction and Christian ethics; 8. Conclusions.

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