Understanding Religious Ethics / Edition 1

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Overview

This accessible introduction to religious ethics focuses on the major forms of moral reasoning encompassing the three ‘Abrahamic’ religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Draws on a range of moral issues, such as examples arising from friendship, marriage, homosexuality, lying, forgiveness and its limits, the death penalty, the environment, warfare, and the meaning of work, career, and vocation
  • Looks at both ethical reasoning and importantly, how that reasoning reveals insights into a religious tradition
  • Investigates the resources available to address common problems confronting Abrahamic faiths, and how each faith explains and defends its moral viewpoints
  • Offering concrete topics for interfaith discussions, this is a timely and insightful introduction to a fast-growing field of interest
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“At 250 pages, the volume provides thoughtful theoretical foundations for comparative religious ethics balanced by attention to both historical context and normative issues.” (Religious Studies Review, 11 June 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405133517
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Mathewes is Associate Professor of Religious Ethics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition (2001), A Theology of Public Life (2007), and several edited volumes.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Conviction and Argument.

Part I: Preliminaries.

1 God and Morality.

2 Jewish Ethics.

3 Christian Ethics.

4 Islamic Ethics.

Part II: Personal Matters.

5 Friendship.

6 Sexuality.

7 Marriage and Family.

8 Lying.

9 Forgiveness.

Part III: Social Matters.

10 Love and Justice.

11 Duty, Law, Conscience.

12 Capital Punishment.

13 War (I): Towards War.

14 War (II): In War.

15 Religion and the Environment.

Part IV: The Last Things.

16 Pursuits of Happiness: Labor, Leisure, and Life.

17 Good and Evil.

Conclusion: What's So Funny ’bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?

Notes.

Index.

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