Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World

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In Choosing the Good, Hollinger presents an intelligent discussion of the foundations and methods in ethics and ways to apply a Christian worldview to our secular culture. He surveys several different approaches to ethics, considers the most critical issues facing Christians today, and suggests that any viable perspective must be rooted in a Christian worldview. (55)
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This is an introduction to ethics written from a Christian perspective and directed to a Christian audience. While recognizing the importance of the Bible as a determinant of ethical principles, Hollinger (Messiah Coll.; Individualism and Ethics) also recognizes that we live in a human, fallen, complex world. Arguing that any ethics must be grounded in a particular community and develop out of that community's worldview, Hollinger ably describes the foundations of Christian ethics and the role of ethics in a postmodern world, which he sees as socially fragmented and thus unable to engage in significant moral discourse. In a volume based more on principles than particulars, he argues for a balance between love and justice. An excellent introduction to ethics, the book offers a good balance between explaining what ethics is and providing an approach to dealing with ethical issues in a pluralistic society. Intended as a textbook for Christian seminaries and colleges, it will nevertheless appeal to anyone interested in the role of ethics in contemporary society. Highly recommended, especially for church and seminary libraries.-Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801025631
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 195,868
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis P. Hollinger (PhD, Drew University) is president and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the coeditor of the Critical Issues in Bioethics series.
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Table of Contents

The Moral Life and Christian Ethics
Part 1 The Foundations of Christian Ethics
1. Consequences versus Principles
2. Character or Virtue Ethics
3. A Theological Foundation for Ethics
Part 2 The Contexts of Christian Ethics
4. Modernity and the Moral Life
5. Postmodernity and the Moral Life
Part 3 Making Ethical Decisions
6. Three Motifs for Making Ethical Decisions
7. The Bible in Ethical Decisions
8. Empirical Judgments in Ethical Decisions
Part 4 Applying Christian Ethics in Culture and Society
9. Christ and Culture
10. Pursuing Justice
11. Pluralism and Christian Ethics
12. Models of Christian Influence
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