Faith communities have always struggled with the questions of ethical method and cultural inclusivity. Accordingly, Ethical Issues that Matter enlarges the methodological discussion among ethicists and theologians by adopting the landscape of a mountain as a useful metaphor for racism. On a practical level, Ethical Issues that Matter is about the agonizing struggle to understand and to dismantle the mountain of racism in American society. According to the author, to do so would undoubtedly enhance the meaning and diversity of the Christian moral life.
E. Hammond Oglesby is United Church Professor of Theology and History, Eden Theological Seminary.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Landscape of Ethics Chapter 3 The Culture of Postmodernity: A Fifth Gospel Chapter 4 Ethical Ideas and Church Life Chapter 5 A Commonsense Approach: Toward Covenant-Harambee Ethics Chapter 6 Youth Choices: Growing-Up and Going Up Chapter 7 Ethics and Biblical Authority: The Menacing Question of Homosexuality Chapter 8 The Threat of AIDS: Can the Church Find Her Voice? Chapter 9 Blended Families in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 10 A New Method of Moral Discourse: Broken Vessels From the Potter's House Chapter 11 Notes Chapter 12 Index