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Robin Gill's Textbook of Christian Ethics has been a popular course book with students and lecturers for over 20 years. Now in its third edition this classic textbook has been completely revised to bring it up to date with recent developments in the field of Christian Ethics.  All the popular features of the previous editions have been retained in this new edition.  The book's main strength has always been its layout and structure.   Integrating primary texts with explanatory material from the author, the book provides the student with a reader and textbook combined. The new edition focuses more strongly on current debates in all sections and expands on a variety of topics, with contributions on natural law approaches, virtue ethics in a pluralistic/postmodern world, the influential notion of the 'common good', just war theory, genetics and biotechnology, euthanasia and global justice, and sex and gender issues. Important modern contributions to Christian ethics are set out alongside classical texts from Augustine, Aquinas and Luther. The modern writers range from thinkers such as Niebuhr, Barth and Bonhoeffer to recent liberation and Third World theologians. Each series of texts is systematically analysed. The differing ethical positions and arguments are examined together with the social and historical factors which shaped them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567292803
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/6/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Gill is the Michael Ramsay Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, UK.

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Table of Contents

Structure 1
System of Analysis 3
The Texts: Augustine, Aquinas and Luther 30
The Extracts 48
Method of Study 50
Sect. 1 Methodology
Augustine 'God's Foreknowledge and Human Free-will' from The City of God 64
Aquinas 'Natural Law' from Summa Theologica 76
Luther from Treatise on Good Works 88
Bonhoeffer 'Ethics and Christian Ethics' from Ethics 107
Fletcher from Situation Ethics 113
Copleston 'Objections to Natural Law' from Aquinas 120
John Paul II 'The Crisis of Moral Truth' from Veritatis Splendor 127
Fiorenza 'Ethics and Feminist Theology' 133
Sect. 2 Politics, Economics and Justice
Augustine 'The Earthly and Heavenly Cities' from The City of God 151
Aquinas from On Princely Government 164
Luther from Trade and Usury 176
Barth 'God's Judgment on Political Revolutions' from The Epistle to the Romans 206
Berdyaev 'Politics and the Spirit' from Freedom and the Spirit 213
Niebuhr 'The Conflict Between Individual and Social Morality' from Moral Man and Immoral Society 218
Temple from Christianity and Social Order 224
John XXIII 'Towards a World Government' from Pacem in Terris 231
Miranda 'Justice and Almsgiving' from Marx and the Bible 241
Sect. 3 War and Peace
Augustine 'The Just War' from Reply to Faustus the Manichaean 266
Aquinas 'War, Christians and the Clergy' from Summa Theologica 277
Luther from Whether Soldiers, too, Can be Saved 289
Welty 'Wars of Aggression and Defence' from A Handbook of Christian Social Ethics 313
Ramsey from Who Speaks for the Church? 321
US Catholic Bishops from The Challenge of Peace 328
Hauerwas 'Pacifism: Some Philosophical Considerations' 339
Bonino 'Liberation Theology and Peace' from Revolutionary Theology Comes of Age 345
Sect. 4 The Environment
Augustine from The Literal Meaning of Genesis 367
Aquinas 'Creation and Divine Providence' from Summa Contra Gentiles 380
Luther from Commentary on Genesis 1.26-31 390
White 'The Theological Roots of our Ecological Crisis' 408
Gregorios 'Ecology and the World Council of Churches' 417
Abraham 'Liberation and Eco-Justice' 427
Clark 'Christian Responsibility for the Environment' 436
McFague 'An Earthly Theological Agenda' 444
Sect. 5 Human Life and Interpersonal Relationships
Augustine 'Suicide' from The City of God 466
Aquinas 'Fornication and Marriage' from Summa Contra Gentiles 479
Luther from On the Jews and Their Lies 495
Fletcher 'Euthanasia' from Morals and Medicine 515
Ware 'Marriage and Divorce - an Orthodox Perspective' 522
Paul VI 'Birth Control' from Humanae Vitae 533
WCC 'Churches Against Racism' 542
Ruether 'Western Christianity and Zionism' 549
Bibliography and indexes 567
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