Understanding Religious Ethics

Understanding Religious Ethics

By: Charles T. Mathewes (author)Paperback

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This accessible introduction to religious ethics focuses on themajor forms of moral reasoning encompassing the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, andIslam. * Draws on a range of moral issues, such as examples arisingfrom friendship, marriage, homosexuality, lying, forgivenessand its limits, the death penalty, the environment, warfare, andthe meaning of work, career, and vocation * Looks at both ethical reasoning and importantly, howthat reasoning reveals insights into a religious tradition * Investigates the resources available to address common problemsconfronting Abrahamic faiths, and how each faith explains anddefends its moral viewpoints * Offering concrete topics for interfaith discussions, this is atimely and insightful introduction to a fast-growing field ofinterest

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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.



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, andUnderstanding?



Product Details

  • publication date: 29/02/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781405133524
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781405133524
  • weight: 504
  • ISBN10: 140513352X

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