Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today / Edition 3

Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today / Edition 3

by John Jefferson Davis
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ISBN-10:
0875526225
ISBN-13:
9780875526225
Pub. Date:
07/23/2004
Publisher:
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing

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Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today / Edition 3

For two decades, Evangelical Ethics has been regarded as one of the best treatments of contemporary ethical problems facing Christians. John Jefferson Davis brings mature biblical thought to issues such as homosexuality, genetics, abortion, euthanasia, war and peace, the environment, divorce and remarriage.

This third edition has new chapters on environmental ethics and the genetic revolution, and other chapters have been revised and updated.

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ISBN-13: 9780875526225
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 07/23/2004
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface11
1Dimensions of Decision Making13
Cases and Issues
Biblical Authority
Empirical and Deliberative Elements
Cases of Conflicting Obligation
Christian Ethics and Law in a Pluralistic Society
2Contraception27
From Ancient Times to Present
Modern Methods of Contraception
Moral Dimensions of Contraception
Related Issues
3Reproductive Technologies69
Artificial Insemination
Surrogate Mothers: Wombs for Rent
Sex Selection
In Vitro Fertilization
4Divorce and Remarriage99
Historical Trends
The Biblical Data
Summary and Conclusions
5Homosexuality113
Historical and Anthropological Perspectives
Medical Aspects
The Witness of Scripture
Theological and Pastoral Issues
Homosexuality and the Law
6Abortion137
Historical and Legal Background
Medical Aspects
The Psychological Dimension
Biblical, Theological, and Ethical Considerations
7Infanticide and Euthanasia167
Infanticide
Death, Dying, and Euthanasia
8Capital Punishment203
History and the Law
The Teachings of Scripture
Philosophical and Pragmatic Considerations
9Civil Disobedience and Revolution219
Civil Disobedience
Revolution and the Christian Conscience
10War and Peace239
War in Human History
The Morality of War: The Pre-Atomic Era
War and Peace in a Nuclear Age
11Environmental Ethics: History, Issues, and Theology263
Historical Perspectives on the Environmental Movement
Current Environmental Concerns
Biblical Foundations of Environmental Ethics
12The Genetic Revolution275
Historical Background
The Issues and the Terminology
Theological and Ethical Framework
Reflections on the Issues
Notes289
Index of Scripture341
Index of Persons345
Index of Subjects351

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Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bret_James_Stewart More than 1 year ago
I read this book for one of my seminary classes. It does have some positive qualities despite the blah overall rating. To begin with the positive, the book has an attractive cover and the layout is easy to navigate and the font is eye-pleasing. Davis has included a subject index, an author index, and a Scripture index, and the presence of the indices also contribute to navigability. As the title implies, the book focuses upon the ethical dimensions of the faith, divided into categories that he feels are most illustrative and/or important due to their controversial nature. As you might expect, issues such as homosexuality and abortion are herein, but Davis has also included less covered issues such as euthanasia and reproductive technologies. This edition (the 3rd) has been expanded to include timely issues such as environmental ethics. I give complete kudos to the author for acknowledging that it is not so much current opinion and culture that should determine the Christian's response to these issues but, rather, what the Bible says and/or implies about the issue. I say "implies" because the Bible, of course, does not mention certain issues by name, such as genetics, but the concepts can be teased from Scripture. In keeping with this theme, Davis uses Scripture for his arguments. Overall, I think he does a good job at this. I do have a couple of issues. First, I take away one star for Davis' error in including the Roman Catholic religion into the overall corpus of Christianity. For someone promoting using the Bible as the basis for truth, it is sadly ironic that he considers a religion that does not recognize the truth of the Bible to be part of the faith. He should apply his ethical lenses to transubstantiation and other RC dogmata that demonstrate the unbiblical and anti-biblical aspects of the religion. I also take away one star for Davis' nearly constant use of outdated scientific research. The biblical tenets and concepts are pretty much timeless. Science, in contrast, is very much a timely field. I understand using new facts and figures would add a good deal of work to the new edition, but I think it should have been done. This book is very much a niche product. It is for Christians grappling with these issues and those in leadership positions that might need to instruct others regarding these issues. Of course, students who have been assigned the book are also interested :) Non-Christians will probably not be interested unless they are seeking a biblical view on the subject for some reason.