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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199568863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199568864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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serves to bring to the fore some characteristically Catholic emphases often neglected by Protestants. It could serve as a very useful 'very short introduction to Catholic ethics' for those who have been exposed only to the Protestant tradition. Jonathan Chaplin, Churchman

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D. Stephen Long is Professor of Systematic Theology at Marquette University. Previously he worked at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, St. Joseph's University and Duke Divinity School. He is an ordained United Methodist and served churches in Honduras and North Carolina. He has published eight books and numerous essays in Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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Religion and ethics are inexorably connected. In fact, in many people's minds religion is primarily about ethics. The moral rules that most religions impose on their followers (and oftentimes even on those who are not necessarily the followers) have in certain circles, for better or for worse, become synonymous with religion itself. This very short introduction aims to show what exactly is specific to the Christian ethics.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is that it treats Christianity "from within," i.e. it takes the theological claims that Christianity makes seriously, and it tries to present the reader with the way that Christians see themselves and the origin of the moral life that Christians espouse. The presentation is theologically sound, and even those who consider themselves mature and well informed Christians stand to benefit from the presentation in this book.

The author tackles head-on some of the issues that many perceive as the most egregious moral failures of Christianity over the past two millennia - Crusades, Inquisition, the Galileo affair, slavery, etc. The exposition of these issues is mostly critical, although the author is sure to point out that the actual situations were much more complex than it had been portrayed in popular perception. Even so, in a few instances I don't feel that the particular historical circumstances have been taken fully into the account.

The book also deals frankly and forthrightly with some of the more contentious public policy issues that have been dominating news headlines in recent decades - abortion, stem-cell research, homosexuality, etc. The author makes the connection between these issues and the way that particularly Christian attitude towards them have come about.
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