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Evil and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics) 1st Edition

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"Graham's book...contains many gems." Interpretation

"A refreshingly bold book..." Philosophia Christi

"Graham's argument is...elaborate and careful... intellectually challenging, rationally coherent..." The Journal of Religion

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Genocide in Rwanda, multiple murder at Denver or Dunblane, the gruesome activities of serial killers--what makes these great evils, and why do they occur? In addressing such questions this book, unusually, interconnects contemporary moral philosophy with recent work in New Testament scholarship. The conclusions to emerge are surprising. Gordon Graham argues that the inability of modernist thought to account satisfactorily for evil and its occurrence should not lead us to embrace an eclectic postmodernism, but to take seriously some unfashionable pre-modern conceptions--Satan, demonic possession, spiritual powers, cosmic battles.


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Product Details

  • Series: New Studies in Christian Ethics (Book 20)
  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521771099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521771092
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 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: #8,041,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Graham is Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary in the USA, and has also served as Adjunct Professor of Sacred Music at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He formerly taught philosophy in Scotland, first at the University of St Andrews (1975-95) and then at the University of Aberdeen (1996-2006). He has published both college textbooks and research monographs on a wide range of philosophical topics relating to art, education, ethics, politics, religion, and technology. The most recent is Wittgenstein and Natural Religion (Oxford University Press, 2014).
At Princeton he is Director of the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, and editor of the Journal of Scottish Philosophy, which he founded in 2003. He is also founder of the International Association for Scottish Philosophy. Scottish Philosophy in the 19th and 20th Centuries, which he has edited, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

He is founding editor of The Kuyper Center Review, which publishes new work on themes in politics, education, religion and culture related to the neo-Calvinist tradition of thought, and especially the work of the 19th century Dutch theologian, politician and educator, Abraham Kuyper.

An Anglican priest ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, he currently holds a licence in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2002
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Gordon Graham's book Evil and Christian Ethics is a considerable achievement. First, it is academic level philosophy in the sense that he has written a very rigorous text. But more importantly, it is a very accessible, readable text, so that almost anyone with a high-school or college education can understand it. His challenge to Christians who have capitulated to post-modern thought and/or liberal Biblical scholarship is strident. I believe that, in general, non-Christians will find the book a disturbing read. While there is certainly some reductionism that may make for possible solutions to his critiques, it seems that his attack falls on broadly logical and general lines that cannot be avoided.
The central points of his book are:
a. Demonstrating the primary significance of the Incarnation and Crucifixion of Christ is God's victory over Satan in cosmic warfare.
b. Demonstrating the lack of any discernible "Christian ethic"
c. Demonstrating the inability of materialistic worldviews to attribute any genuine moral significance to evil states of affairs.
d. Demonstrating the inability of materialistic worldviews to explain the causal origin of evil.
e. Demonstrating the inability of materialistic worldviews to ground a rational hope in responding to evil.
f. Demonstrating the ability of a Christian worldview to give moral significance to evil, explain the cause of evil, and give us reason for hope in responding to evil.
A powerful book. There are few wasted words in this 230 page work and it reads quickly (except when the stunning implications of his argument stops you, makes you think, and realigns your thoughts). Careful readers will find room to debate some of his conclusions, and he freely admits himself the arguments have not been given the fullest development they deserve--but what is here is worth your time.
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