This accessible introduction to religious ethics focuses on the major forms of moral reasoning encompassing the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Draws on a range of moral issues, such as examples arising from friendship, marriage, homosexuality, lying, forgiveness and its limits, the death penalty, the environment, warfare, and the meaning of work, career, and vocationLooks at both ethical reasoning and importantly, how that reasoning reveals insights into a religious traditionInvestigates the resources available to address common problems confronting Abrahamic faiths, and how each faith explains and defends its moral viewpointsOffering concrete topics for interfaith discussions, this is a timely and insightful introduction to a fast-growing field of interest
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.
Acknowledgments vi Introduction: Conviction and Argument 1 Part I: Preliminaries 19 1 God and Morality 21 2 Jewish Ethics 38 3 Christian Ethics 53 4 Islamic Ethics 65 Part II: Personal Matters 81 5 Friendship 83 6 Sexuality 91 7 Marriage and Family 106 8 Lying 118 9 Forgiveness 134 Part III: Social Matters 145 10 Love and Justice 147 11 Duty, Law, Conscience 157 12 Capital Punishment 167 13 War (I): Towards War 182 14 War (II): In War 199 15 Religion and the Environment 209 Part IV: The Last Things 223 16 Pursuits of Happiness: Labor, Leisure, and Life 225 17 Good and Evil 239 Conclusion: What s So Funny bout Peace, Love, and Understanding? 254 Notes 262 Index 270