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
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. 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? Notes. Index.