Christian Ethics in Plain Language

by Glen H. Jones

Kerby Anderson's book on applied ethics assumes that Christian ethics begin with a series of propositional statements based on absolute truth-the Scriptures. Some philosophers, ancient and modern, teach that ethics should be centered on how humans respond to the choices they face. These philosophers have developed differing ethical systems: 1) "cultural relativism" (ethical truth is relative to a specific culture, 2) utilitarianism ("the sole standard of morality is determined by its usefulness"), and 3) situation ethics (the end justifies the means). The author rejects all these ethical systems and presents convincing arguments for Christian ethics founded on the principles of love, justice, honesty, and integrity (including civility). Anderson gives extended discussions to the problems of abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, artificial reproduction, sexual ethics, pornography, homosexuality, cohabitation, adultery, divorce, crime and capital punishment, drugs, gambling, race and race issues, technology and the environment, media and entertainment, government and civil disobedience. The author presents well-documented background for each of these ethical problems. He then shows what choice Christians should observe, presenting the scriptural reasons for following his conclusions. This well-researched study should prove useful as a college or seminary textbook.
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