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Christian Ethics: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

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This enlightening book steers readers through the challenges and moral issues, providing a clear and decisive history of the main figures and texts in Christian ethics.

  • A short and lively history of Christian ethics, exploring how Christianity has always had to grapple with complex moral problems - from questions about the status of early Christians who renounced their religion under Roman torture, through to current debates about euthanasia

  • Engages with the main texts and figures in Christian ethics, including Augustine, Benedict, Aquinas, Luther and Barth

  • Considers questions such as human will, the proper form of Christian life, natural law, and whether human nature is at odds with Christian ethics

  • Concludes with a thought-provoking chapter considering the role that Christian ethics can play in contemporary moral debates and ethical dilemmas

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Dr Michael Banner is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Synopsis:

From questions about the status of early Christians who renounced their religion under Roman torture, through to current debates about euthanasia, Christianity has always had to grapple with complex moral problems. This book steers readers through these issues, providing a clear and decisive history of the main figures and texts in Christian ethics. Engaging with key figures such as Augustine, Benedict, Aquinas, Luther and Barth, it draws attention to the ways in which particular historical situations have thrown up different ethical dilemmas. Questions arising include human will, the proper form of Christian life, natural law, and whether human nature is at odds with Christian ethics. In conclusion, the author considers the contribution that Christian ethics can make to contemporary moral debates.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

1. Benedict and the Practice of Christian Life.

2. Augustine, God and Human Nature: The Theory of the Christian Life.

3. Thomas Aquinas: The Natural Law and the Loss of christian Ethics.

4. Martin Luther: Against Ethics.

5. Butler, Kant and Kierkegaard: The Turn tot he Subject.

6. Nietzsche and the Genealogists: Suspecting the Subject.

7. Barth and John Paul II: The Rediscovery of Christian Ethics.

8. History in the Present: Genetics, Ethics and Christian Life.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781405115179
Author:
Banner, Michael
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Banner, Michael C.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Christian ethics
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ethics
Subject:
Christian ethics -- History.
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Christianity-Theology and Ethics
Subject:
Religious ethics
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
Series Volume:
19
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.10x6.20x.80 in. .85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From questions about the status of early Christians who renounced their religion under Roman torture, through to current debates about euthanasia, Christianity has always had to grapple with complex moral problems. This book steers readers through these issues, providing a clear and decisive history of the main figures and texts in Christian ethics. Engaging with key figures such as Augustine, Benedict, Aquinas, Luther and Barth, it draws attention to the ways in which particular historical situations have thrown up different ethical dilemmas. Questions arising include human will, the proper form of Christian life, natural law, and whether human nature is at odds with Christian ethics. In conclusion, the author considers the contribution that Christian ethics can make to contemporary moral debates.
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