From Christ to the World: Introductory Readings in Christian Ethics

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This is a single volume that effectively introduces students to the full breadth of the discipline of Christian ethics. This reader captures the range of timely issues related to ethics but not at the expense of essays that show the theoretical foundations of the field. Part One examines the sources of Christian Ethics—Scripture, tradition, philosophy, and science. The norms, forms, and contexts of Christian moral theories are reviewed in Part Two. The final section discusses contemporary questions about human sexuality, medical practice, the use of force, economic justice, ecological responsibility, and more. Relevant biblical readings and a series of case studies accentuate the text.
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Editorial Reviews

Currents in Theology & Mission
"The editors of this collection of introductory readings in Christian ethics have performed a great service to teachers by producing this collection. From Christ to the World is among the best collections of readings on Christian Ethics available today at an affordable cost."
First Things
Will no doubt be welcomed eagerly by all who face a class in Christian Ethics 101.
Librarian's World
An amazing anthology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806406
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 345,865
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Pastor and head of staff at Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

Thomas D. Kennedy is dean and professor of philosophy at Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia.

Allen Verhey is Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School. He holds a doctorate from Yale University and has served as director of the Institute of Religion at the Texas Medical Center and as the Blekkink professor of religion at Hope College.

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Table of Contents

  1. An Introduction to Christian Ethics
  2. Understanding Ethics
    Understanding Christian Ethics
    The Diversity of Christian Ethics
    The Complexity of Christian Ethics

    Try It Yourself: Holy Unions (I)


  3. Scripture and Christian Ethics
  4. 1. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
    2.Biblical Ethics Allen Verhey
    3.Ways of Using ScriptureJames M. Gustafson
    4.Scripture and the Love of God St. Augustine
    5.Social Ideas in the New Testament Walter Rauschenbusch
    6.Biblical Imperatives Richard J. Mouw
    7.The Moral Authority of Scripture Stanley Hauerwas
    8.Feminist Consciousness and the Interpretation of Scripture Margaret A. Farley
    9.Biblical Revelation and Social Existence James Cone
  5. Tradition and Christian Ethics
  6. 10.Mark 7:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:15
    11.Tradition in EthicsJeffrey Stout
    12.The Transmission of Divine Revelation Vatican II
    13.Community Experience as a Source of Christian Ethics James Tunstead Burtchaell
    14.What It Means to Stand in a Living Tradition Douglas F. Ottati
    15.Feminist Interpretation: A Method of Correlation Rosemary Radford Ruether
    16.The Authority of Tradition John Howard Yoder
  7. Philosophy and Christian Ethics
  8. 17.Romans 1:18-25; 2:14-16; Colossians 2:8-15 18.Excerpts from the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle
    19.Excerpts from Summa Contra Gentiles and Summa Theologica St. Thomas Aquinas
    20.Conscience and Truth Pope John Paul II
    21.Moral Justification Richard J. Mouw
    22.A Historical Example: The Challenge of the "Fools for Christ" Christos Yannaras
    23.On Keeping Theological Ethics Theological Stanley Hauerwas
  9. Science and Christian Ethics
  10. 24.Job 28:9-14, 23-28
    25.Excerpt from Humanae Vitae Pope Paul VI
    26.Scientific Humanism and Religion Edward O. Wilson
    27.The Abolition of Man C. S. Lewis
    28.The Relationship of Empirical Science to Moral Thought James M. Gustafson
    29.A Different Voice in Moral Decisions Carol Gilligan
    30.Using Empirical InformationLisa Sowle Cahill

    Try It Yourself: Holy Unions (II)


  11. The Forms of Christian Ethics
  12. 31.Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 5:1-11, 17-48; Galatians 2:15-21
    32.Treatise on Christian Liberty Martin Luther
    33.The Meaning of Responsibility H. Richard Niebuhr
    34.Three Approaches Joseph Fletcher
    35.The Problem of Protestant Ethics Today Paul Ramsey
    36.Values, Victims, and Visions James Gaffney
    37.From Decision to Story James W. McClendon, Jr.
    38.A Framework for Feminist Ethics Carol S. Robb
  13. The Norms of Christian Ethics
  14. 39.Micah 6:6-8; Luke 10:25-37; 1 Corinthians 13
    40.Excerpts from The City of God and The Morals of the Catholic Church St. Augustine
    41.The Cardinal Virtues Kenneth E. Kirk
    42.The Relevance of an Impossible Ethical Ideal Reinhold Niebuhr
    43.Ethical Principles of Moral Action Paul J. Tillich
    44.For Justice in Shalom Nicholas Wolterstorff
    45.Implications for a Theory of Justice Karen Lebacqz
    46.Justice and Christian Charity Gordon Graham
    47.Friendship and FidelityGilbert Meilaender
    48.To Bear Wrongs Patiently Sidney Cornelia Callahan
  15. The Contexts of Christian Ethics
  16. 49.1 John 2:15-17; 4:1-7; Romans 13:1-7
    50.On the Insufficiency of Human Strength Tito Colliander
    51.Excerpts from the Schleitheim Confession of Faith The Swiss Brethren
    52.The Riddle of Romans 13Wayne G. Boulton
    53.The Civilization of the Pluralist Society John Courtney Murray
    54.Spirituality and the Corporation Max L. Stackhouse
    55.The Meaning of the Cross for Social Ethics in the World Today Larry Rasmussen

    Try It Yourself: Holy Unions (III)


  17. Christian Sexual Ethics
  18. 56.1 Corinthians 6:9-7:16; 7:25-38; Ephesians 5:21-33
    57.An Ethic of Marriage and FamilyVigen Guroian
    58.Misogyny and Homophobia: The Unexplored ConnectionsBeverly W. Harrison
    59.Excerpts from Personal Commitments Margaret A. Farley
    60.Respect for Covenant Lewis Smedes
    61.The Liberal Approach to Sexual Ethics James Nelson
    62.Excerpt from Limited EngagementsPhilip W. Turner III

    Try It Yourself: A Case of Premarital Sex

  19. Christian Medical Ethics
  20. 63.2 Chronicles 16:12; Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 38:1-15; Luke 7:19-23
    64.Religion and the Secularization of Bioethics Daniel Callahan
    65.Can Theology Have a Role in "Public" Bioethical Discourse? Lisa Sowle Cahill
    66.Salvation and Health: Why Medicine Needs the ChurchStanley Hauerwas
    67.Surrogate Motherhood Janet Dickey McDowell
    68.Praying with Dirty Hands Allen Verhey
    69.The Distinction between Killing and Allowing to Die Gilbert Meilaender

    Try It Yourself: The Death Machine

  21. Christian Political Ethics
  22. 70.Psalm 44:1-5, 9-12, 23-26; Matthew 5:38-48
    71.The Murmurings: Slaves in the Wilderness Michael Walzer
    72.The Grace of Doing Nothing H. Richard Niebuhr
    73.Must We Do Nothing?Reinhold Niebuhr
    74.The Only Way into the Kingdom of God H. Richard Niebuhr
    75.Letter from Birmingham JailMartin Luther King, Jr.
    76.Can War Be Just? Thomas Kennedy
    77.The Nonviolence of Dorothy Day Kathleen De Sutter Jordan

    Try It Yourself: Nonviolence with a Rapist?

  23. Christian Economic Ethics
  24. 78.Amos 5:11-24; Matthew 19:16-30; 25:31-46
    79.The Rich Man's Salvation Clement of Alexandria
    80.On Usury John Calvin
    81.The Case of Christianity against CapitalismWalter Rauschenbusch
    82.The Law of Love in Politics and Economics Reinhold Niebuhr
    83.Private Property and the Universal Destination of Material Goods Pope John Paul II
    84.Key Themes of Liberation Theology Leonardo Boff and Clodovis Boff

    Try It Yourself: Can Capitalism Be Saved?

    85.A Postcommunist Manifesto Max L. Stackhouse and Dennis P. McCann
    86.Responses to "A Postcommunist Manifesto": Ethics, Economics, and the Corporate Life Robert Benne and Preston N. Williams
  25. Christian Environmental Ethics
  26. 87.Genesis 1:26-31; Hosea 4:1-3; Romans 8:18-24a
    88."The Canticle of Brother Sun" and "How St. Francis Tamed the Very Fierce Wolf of Gubbio" St. Francis
    89.Acting Responsibly with Respect to Animals and Plants Karl Barth
    90.God and the World Sallie McFague
    91.On Slaying the Dragon: The American Nature Myth William F. May
    92.God and CountryWendell Berry

    Try It Yourself: The Spotted Owl

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