This comprehensive textbook offers an unparalleled introduction to the study of Christian Ethics, mapping and exploring all the major ethical approaches, and offering thoughtful insights into the complex moral challenges facing people today.* Redefines the field of Christian ethics along three strands: universal (ethics for anyone), subversive (ethics for the excluded), and ecclesial (ethics for the church)* Encompasses Christian ethics in its entirety, offering students a substantial overview by re-mapping the field and exploring the differences in various ethical approaches* Provides a successful balance between description, analysis, and critique * Reveals how ecclesial ethics is respectful of, and indeed, often profoundly indebted to, other approaches to ethics* Structured so that it can be used alongside a companion volume, Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader, which further illustrates and amplifies the diversity of material and arguments explored here
Samuel Wells is Dean of the Chapel at Duke University and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. He is editor of the accompanying volume, Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader (2010) and The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (with Stanley Hauerwas, 2004), and author of several books including God's Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006). Ben Quash is Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King's College London. He is the author of Theology and the Drama of History (2005), and is former Reviews Editor of the international journal Studies in Christian Ethics.
Preface. Part I: The Story of Christian Ethics. 1. The Story of God. a. The People of God. b. God in Person. c. Following Jesus. 2. The Story of the Church. a. Minority Status. b. Christendom. c. The Church in Western Modernity. 3. The Story of Ethics. a. Philosophical Ethics. b. Religious Ethics. c. Professional Ethics. 4. The Story of Christian Ethics. a. Foundations. b. Revisions. c. Legacies of Division Part II: The Questions Christian Ethics Asks. 5. Universal Ethics. a. Right Actions. b. Right Outcomes. c. Right Relationships. 6. Subversive Ethics. a. Class. b. Race. c. Gender. d. Age and Disability. 7. Ecclesial Ethics. a. Persuasive Narratives. b. A New Aristotelianism. c. The Christological Turn. Part III: The Questions Asked of Christian Ethics. 8. Good Order. a. The State. b. Justice and Punishment. c. War. 9. Good Life. a. Economics, Wealth, and Poverty. b. Work, Business, and Management. c. Media. 10. Good Relationships. a. Friendship. b. The Family, Marriage, and Sex. c. Homosexuality 11. Good Beginnings and Endings. a. Contraception, Assisted Conception, and Genetic Engineering. b. Abortion. c. Euthanasia and Suicide 12. Good Earth. a. Animals. b. Crops. c. Ecology.
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