Churchgoing and Christian Ethics

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Robin Gill argues that moral communities should take center 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 behavior. Some attitudes change over time, and there are several moral disagreements among different groups of churchgoers. Moreover, their values and behavior are shared by many nonchurchgoers also. The distinctiveness of church communities in the modern world ...

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Overview

Robin Gill argues that moral communities should take center 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 behavior. Some attitudes change over time, and there are several moral disagreements among different groups of churchgoers. Moreover, their values and behavior are shared by many nonchurchgoers also. The distinctiveness of church communities in the modern world is thus real but relative, and is crucial for the task of Christian ethics.

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'Churchgoing and Christian Ethics is both original and elegant in its argument.' Journal of Religion

'Gill's challenge to vague and idealized accounts of Christian communities, driven by theological presuppositions, is very welcome ...'. Scottish Journal of Theology

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Table of Contents

List of tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Theoretical Context
1 Churchgoing and the bias of virtue ethicists 13
2 Churchgoing and the bias of sociologists 31
3 Four theories of churchgoing 59
Pt. 2 The Evidence
4 The British Household Panel Survey 97
5 Faith in British Social Attitudes surveys 122
6 Moral Order in British Social Attitudes surveys 145
7 Love in British Social Attitudes surveys 171
Pt. 3 The Implications
8 Churchgoing and Christian identity 197
9 Churches and moral disagreement 230
Postscript 261
Works cited 264
Index 274
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