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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080102563X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801025631
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Hackman on July 22, 2007
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The goal of this book is to introduce the Christian reader to the broad discipline of ethics and its many facets, and to provide a specifically Christian perspective on the discipline and practice of ethics. The book begins by discussing the importance of ethics and attempting to distinguish Christian ethics from both other approaches to doing ethics and from other areas of Christian concern, such as pastoral care. Hollinger understands Christian ethics to involve both theory and application, and to be rooted in a specifically Christian worldview "that gives account of who we are as human beings, what is fundamentally wrong with the human condition, and what remedy exists for that malady." (16)

The book is divided into four major sections that deal with various aspects of the theory and practice of ethics. The first section, "The Foundations of Christian Ethics," introduces the reader to some of the most prominent foundational theories of ethics. Hollinger looks at and critiques utilitarianism, principle based ethics, and character or virtue ethics, noting positive and negative aspects of each approach and concluding that none of them provides a sufficient foundation for the theory or practice of Christian ethics. He concludes this section of the book with a chapter on the importance of a Christian worldview foundation for doing Christian ethics.

The second section of the book, "The Context of Christian Ethics," deals with the contexts in which Christians must attempt to formulate and live out their various ethical commitments. Hollinger devotes a chapter to both modernity and postmodernity as the key contexts in which Christian ethics must now be done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boyd Lee Miller on February 22, 2013
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I found this book very good at bringing out the Christian way at looking into morality. This book does not make the choices black and white but brings them into what people face.
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Dr. Hollinger has done a masterful job of integrating a clearly orthodox biblical position with the intellectual wherewithal required to do ethics well. This is a phenomenal book that can help any Christian better understand how he or she can think well when it comes to complex ethical issues, rather than just giving up and moving on to something else.
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This book is an excellent primer on the history of ethics and how to work through ethical issues as a Christian. I wish there would have been some more concrete direction, but I guess I shouldn't have expected this from a book on something as complex and nuanced as Christian ethics.
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By steven parker on September 23, 2013
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This book is an amazing text, that digs deeply into how to view and handle ethics from a Christian perspective. I bought it for a class text. However I would buy it for casual reading as well it's very benificial and practical for the modern day Christian trying to find the balance for ethics in the business world and personal life as well. Love it!!
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By Be on August 28, 2013
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wanted this book for sometime, was pleased with the delivery time, and the condition it came in was excellent. Would recommend them to my friends.
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I used this book in a recent course on Christian Ethics. It was a required reading, so whether I wanted to or not, I had to. It was not a bad experience for me at all. On the contrary, I learnt a lot.
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