From Library Journal
This is an introduction to ethics written from a Christian perspective and directed to a Christian audience. While recognizing the importance of the Bible as a determinant of ethical principles, Hollinger (Messiah Coll.; Individualism and Ethics) also recognizes that we live in a human, fallen, complex world. Arguing that any ethics must be grounded in a particular community and develop out of that community's worldview, Hollinger ably describes the foundations of Christian ethics and the role of ethics in a postmodern world, which he sees as socially fragmented and thus unable to engage in significant moral discourse. In a volume based more on principles than particulars, he argues for a balance between love and justice. An excellent introduction to ethics, the book offers a good balance between explaining what ethics is and providing an approach to dealing with ethical issues in a pluralistic society. Intended as a textbook for Christian seminaries and colleges, it will nevertheless appeal to anyone interested in the role of ethics in contemporary society. Highly recommended, especially for church and seminary libraries.Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ
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About the Author
Dennis P. Hollinger (PhD, Drew University) is president and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the coeditor of the Critical Issues in Bioethics series.