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The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics 1st Edition

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"An important, often insightful and almost always provocative book that would be unwise to ignore." Studies in Christian Ethics<!--end-->

"Substantial and significant… the early fruit of an important recent theological turn in theology, towards taking worship as a major source of insight, challenge and guidance… Stanley Hauerwas is probably the most creative, provocative, and exasperating theologian in the English-speaking world. He has enlisted a mighty band of able and argumentative disciples who dominate much theological discussion today, especially in Christian ethics." Times Literary Supplement


"Love God and love your neighbour have been the twin commandments in the New Testament from the beginning. Nevertheless, worshipping God and practising neighbourly charity have usually gone in tandem, essential but separate activities. At best, moral theology may come in as a sequel or even appendix to dogmatics. The originality of this book lies in grounding Christian ethics not even in dogmatics but in the liturgy of the eucharist. Wonderfully worked out by the many fine scholars gathered by Hauerwas and Wells, this is a genuinely new turn in the history of Christian experience." Fergus Kerr, Regent, Blackfriars, Oxford


“This accessible volume will interest undergraduates and more advanced scholars alike.” Karen Melham, Emory University

“The volume offers a salutary reminder that Christian ethics is not simply one among other theoretical enterprises, but rather a sustained and disciplined attempt to understand the deepest dimensions of the Christian life. It rightly observes that Christian worship (at least when done well) is paradigmatic for discipleship and central means of moral information. The best chapters in this Companion communicate a deep sense of the distinctive nature of Christian ethics in a way that benefits us all.” Stephen J. Pope, Boston College

"I recommend this work especially for faculty of Christian ethics courses and worship courses at seminaries and church affiliated colleges." Teaching Theology & Religion

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"An important, often insightful and almost always provocative book that would be unwise to ignore." Studies in Christian Ethics<!--end-->

"Substantial and significant… the early fruit of an important recent theological turn in theology, towards taking worship as a major source of insight, challenge and guidance… Stanley Hauerwas is probably the most creative, provocative, and exasperating theologian in the English-speaking world. He has enlisted a mighty band of able and argumentative disciples who dominate much theological discussion today, especially in Christian ethics." Times Literary Supplement


"Love God and love your neighbour have been the twin commandments in the New Testament from the beginning. Nevertheless, worshipping God and practising neighbourly charity have usually gone in tandem, essential but separate activities. At best, moral theology may come in as a sequel or even appendix to dogmatics. The originality of this book lies in grounding Christian ethics not even in dogmatics but in the liturgy of the eucharist. Wonderfully worked out by the many fine scholars gathered by Hauerwas and Wells, this is a genuinely new turn in the history of Christian experience." Fergus Kerr, Regent, Blackfriars, Oxford


“This accessible volume will interest undergraduates and more advanced scholars alike.” Karen Melham, Emory University

“The volume offers a salutary reminder that Christian ethics is not simply one among other theoretical enterprises, but rather a sustained and disciplined attempt to understand the deepest dimensions of the Christian life. It rightly observes that Christian worship (at least when done well) is paradigmatic for discipleship and central means of moral information. The best chapters in this Companion communicate a deep sense of the distinctive nature of Christian ethics in a way that benefits us all.” Stephen J. Pope, Boston College

"I recommend this work especially for faculty of Christian ethics courses and worship courses at seminaries and church affiliated colleges." Teaching Theology & Religion

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405150513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405150514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells is one of the several ways in which one can approach the subject (and one I had not thought of until I encountered this book as a text in a class on Christian ethics). This should not be surprising, because the authors plainly declare that

"We hope that, years form now, this book will be seen as a milestone for Christians....we are convinced that this book represents a new turn not only for Christian ethics, but also for the way Christians learn to live in that time often identified as "late modernity".

So this presents itself as a new approach, and I am not in a position to challenge that claim. One thing which is "old" is the fact that it uses "ethics" in a way different from those in Philosophy departments who write about morality. For them, Ethics is not the prescription of behavior. That is "morality". "Ethics" is the study of what questions does morality ask, and how does it justify its answers. For the Christian, that role is taken by theology. For the Christian, "Ethics" is virtually synonymous with the answer to the question "what is moral behavior?"

What we have said so far means that this book would NOT be an acceptable text on the history of Christian ethics. For that, go to J. Philip Wogaman's "Christian Ethics". I might also point out that, with Hauerwas, at least, the theology behind this book is what is known as "narrative" or "post-liberal" theology, which is embedded in how a community understands its beliefs. And, since the ultimate act of Christian worship is the celebration of the Eucharist, it is around this and other themes of worship that the study of "what we ought to do" is based.
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There simply is no other book like this on the market. In terms of Christian ethics, the editors require us to see that our worship, the manner in which we are liturgically formed, produces the kind of people we are. They begin with a few chapters explaining how Christian ethics came into being, and how they are determined by our worship practices. What follows are creative/provocative essays that span a wide range of issues including: gender, war, abortion, money, marriage, euthanasia, sex, arts, politics, and the environment. What renders this such an incredible book is how the authors explore what the eucharist, baptism, hymn-singing, footwashing, passing the peace, prayer, and other Christian practices have to do with the aforementioned issues. If you are interested in Christian ethics, and you want to read an accessible book from reputable sources, then you can do no better than this book.
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I was glad to recieve the book in the excellent condition and in the prescribed time frame.
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