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Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader / Edition 1

Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader / Edition 1

by Samuel Wells


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ISBN-13: 9781405168878
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/17/2010
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 370,999
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Samuel Wells is Dean of Duke University Chapel and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. He has written widely on Christian social ethics, including God’s Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics (2006), The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (edited, with Stanley Hauerwas, 2004), and Introducing Christian Ethics (with Ben Quash, 2010), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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Table of Contents


Part One The Story of Christian Ethics.

1 The Story of God.

The People of God.

Tertullian, Against Marcion.

Karl Barth, Israel and the Church.

John Howard Yoder, If Abraham is our Father.

Oliver O’Donovan, Yhwh Reigns.

God in Person.

John Calvin, The Purpose for which Christ was Sent by theFather.

Stanley Hauerwas, Jesus: The Presence of the PeaceableKingdom.

Following Jesus.

John Calvin, The Sum of the Christian Life: The Denial ofOurselves.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace.

2 The Story of the Church.

Minority Status.

The Epistle to Diognetus.

Perpetua, The Martyrdom of Perpetua.

Clement of Alexandria, Who is the Rich Man That Shall BeSaved?


Eusebius of Caesarea, A Speech on the Dedication of the HolySepulchre Church.

The Rule of St. Benedict.

John Howard Yoder, The Constantinian Sources of WesternSocial Ethics.

The Church in Western Modernity.

Ernst Troeltsch, The Gospel Ethic.

H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ the Transformer ofCulture.

3 The Story of Ethics.

Philosophical Ethics.

Plato, The Republic.

Aristotle, The Nature of Virtue.

Religious Ethics.

Sumner B. Twiss, Comparison in Religious Ethics.

Mohandas K. Gandhi, Experiments With Truth.

The Dalai Lama, The Supreme Emotion.

Professional Ethics.

Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress, Principles ofBiomedical Ethics.

Thomas F. McMahon, A Brief History of American BusinessEthics.

4 The Story of Christian Ethics.


Augustine, The City of God.

Thomas Aquinas, Of War.


Martin Luther, Temporal Authority.

Menno Simons, A Kind Admonition on Church Discipline.

Legacies of Division.

John Wesley, The Use of Money.

Reinhold Niebuhr, The Confl ict Between Individual and SocialMorality.

William Temple, Christian Social Principles.

Part Two The Questions Christian Ethics Asks.

5 Universal Ethics.

Right Actions.

Karl Barth, The Command of God.

Thomas Aquinas, The Natural Law.

Thomas Hobbes, Natural Law and Natural Right.

Immanuel Kant, The Categorical Imperative.

Right Outcomes.

John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism.

Richard A. McCormick, Ambiguity in Moral Choice.

Joseph Fletcher, Situation Ethics.

Right Relationships.

Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (On Capital and Labor).

Bartolomé de las Casas, History of the Indies.

General Assembly of the United Nations, Universal Declarationof Human Rights.

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice.

6 Subversive Ethics.


Gustavo Gutiérrez, The Church in the Process ofLiberation.


James Cone, Black Theology of Liberation.


Rosemary Radford Ruether, Sexism and God-Talk.

Delores S. Williams, Womanist Theology.

Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Mujerista Theology.

Age and Disability.

Jean Vanier, In the Presence of the Poor.

Rowan Williams, The Gifts Reserved for Age.

7 Ecclesial Ethics.

Persuasive Narratives.

Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue.

John Milbank, Theology as a Social Science.

A New Aristotelianism.

Thomas Aquinas, Of the Virtues.

Samuel Wells, Forming Habits.

Stanley Hauerwas, The Narrative Character of ChristianEthics.

The Christological Turn.

John Howard Yoder, The Possibility of a MessianicEthic.

Part Three The Questions Asked of Christian Ethics.

8 Good Order.

The State.

Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno (On Reconstruction of theSocial Order); Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris (OnEstablishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity, andLiberty).

The Kairos Document.

The Barmen Declaration.

Justice and Punishment.

Oliver O’Donovan, The Death Penalty in EvangeliumVitae.

Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Civil Disobedience.

Timothy Gorringe, Atonement, Retribution, andForgiveness.

War and Violence.

Paul Ramsey, Justice in War.

Camilo Torres, Love and Revolution.

Dorothy Day, Our Country Passes from Undeclared War toDeclared War; We Continue Our Christian Pacifi st Stand.

9 Good Life.

Economics, Wealth, and Poverty.

Adam Smith, The Invisible Hand.

Medellín Conference.

Martin Luther King, Jr., I See The Promised Land.

Work, Business, and Management.

Max L. Stackhouse, Spirituality and the Corporation.

Miguel A. de la Torre, Corporate Accountability.

Alasdair MacIntyre, “Fact,” Explanation, andExpertise.


Pope John Paul II, Aetatis Novae (On Social Communications onthe Twentieth Anniversary of Communio et Progressio).

Mary E. Hess, Growing Faithful Children in MediaCultures.

Michael Budde, Christian Formation in Global CultureIndustries.

10 Good Relationships.


C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves.

Mary Daly, The Fire of Female Friendship.

Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship.

The Family, Marriage, and Sex.

J. I. Packer, Personal Standards.

Rosemary Radford Ruether, Reimagining Families.

Vigen Guroian, An Orthodox Ethic of Marriage andFamily.


Stephen J. Pope, Homosexuality and Natural Law.

John Boswell, Homosexuality in the Scriptures.

Eugene F. Rogers, Sanctifi cation, Homosexuality, andGod’s Triune Life.

11 Good Beginnings and Endings.

Contraception, Assisted Conception, and Genetic Engineering.

Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation ofBirth).

Margaret A. Farley, Feminist Theology and Bioethics.

Oliver O’Donovan, Begotten or Made?


James M. Gustafson, Abortion: An Ethical Case Study.

Beverly Wildung Harrison with Shirley Cloyes, ProcreativeChoice.

Stanley Hauerwas, Abortion and the Church.

Euthanasia and Suicide.

Richard A. McCormick, Proportionalist Reasoning.

Jennifer A. Parks, Gender and Euthanasia.

Gilbert Meilaender, Suicide and Euthanasia.

12 Good Earth.


Andrew Linzey, Reverence, Responsibility, and Rights.

Carol J. Adams, Institutional Violence, Feminist Ethics, andVegetarianism.

Stephen H. Webb, The Lord’s Supper as a VegetarianMeal.


Derek Burke, Genetic Engineering of Food.

Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating.

Michael S. Northcott, Faithful Feasting.


Jürgen Moltmann, An Ecological Doctrine ofCreation.

Sallie McFague, The Body of God.

Laura Ruth Yordy, The Church’sEco-Discipleship.

Source Credits.

Names Index.

Subject Index.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"The selection of readings is excellent and I’d happily havemy students devour them"
Esther Reed, University of Exeter 

"Clear, sharply focused and precisely what is needed. This bookis enlightening and potentially transformative. It presentsChristian ethics as an exciting theological enterprise and offers arich, deep and accessible way of practicing ethics."
John Swinton, University of Aberdeen

"Wells and Quash have put together a wonderfully comprehensivesurvey of Christian ethics while at the same time offering adistinctive and fresh perspective ... With the array of primarytexts and judicious and very well informed commentary that the twovolumes represent, they have succeeded in constructing an extremelyvaluable resource for teachers and students of Christianethics."
Michael S. Northcott, University ofEdinburgh (of Introducing Christian Ethics and ChristianEthics: An Introductory Reader)

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