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Ethics: Systematic Theology (Systematic Theology (Abingdon)) Paperback – June, 1988

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James McClendon, Jr. was Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He passed away in October of 2000. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Series: Systematic Theology (Abingdon) (Book 1)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Abingdon Pr (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687120160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687120161
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,116,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McClendon's three-volume theology, representing a large scale revisioning of systematics, is now complete - Ethics (1986), Doctrine (1994) and Witness (2001) - exemplifying an approach that gives priority to the ecclesial community rather than the academy: not theology 'made popular' but rather self-consciously rooted in the practices of the Christian community. The most conspicuous evidence of this is the way that McClendon chose to begin his systematic theology: with ethics! ... rather than 'prolegomena', followed by 'doctrine', then 'ethics'. 'Prolegomena' usually discusses questions of method and typically in terms of philosophical justification for the subsequent theological project. Doctrine provides systematic presentation of Christian teaching often in quasi-scientific format and categories. Ethics, however, as Ron Sider says, is "often left until last and then left out" (42)!

McClendon does not challenge the threefold description of the theological task but sees them representing three levels of entry (kinds of "probing") into theology. He recognises

"that we begin by finding the shape of the common life in the body of Christ, which is for Christians partly a matter of self discovery, as Gregory learned from Origen. That is ethics. We continue with the investigation of the common and public teaching that sanctions and supports that common life by displaying its doctrinal height and breadth and depth. That is doctrine. And we end by discovering those apologetic and speculative positions that such life and such teaching call forth. That is philosophical theology or apologetics.
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I first read this book at Duke Divinity School in the early 90s as a graduate student. To the point: it is simply brilliant. I've used it ever since (I now teach religion at the college level). Actually, I've gone through THREE copies of this book. It's a must have for anyone seriously interested in theology, ethics, narrative theology, or even Christian spirituality. The writing is acessable and timeless --- a perfect primer that draws upon the work of Duke's Stanley Hauerwas, but goes beyond it too. And don't be fooled by the fact that it was written by a Baptist. As the other reviewer said, this is groundbreaking theology. It draws upon other disciplines and denominations, and it extends across denominational lines. McClendon's understanding of Christian forgiveness is one of the clearest and most faithful understandings in print today. I can't say enough about the depth and significance of this work. Again, it is simply brilliant!
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Not for the beginning student, but an excellent treatment of ethics with an Anabaptist tint. Good for those seeking a thorough exploration of ethics.
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Love the book. Have bought it three times and lend it out. It doesn't always come back. It will give you something to think about.
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