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Terrorism Same-Sex Marriage Debt Cancellation The AIDS Pandemic These are just some of the critical contemporary issues addressed in this book. Issues Facing Christians Today helps thinking Christians sift through and respond to a sweeping array of complex and pressing topics. Thoroughly revised and updated by Roy McCloughry and fully endorsed by John Stott, this fourth edition continues a two-decades-plus legacy of bringing important current issues under the lens of biblically informed thinking. Combining a keen global awareness with a gift for penetrating analysis, the authors examine such vital topics as Pluralism and Christian witness Cohabitation Environmentalism and ecological stewardship War and peace Abortion and euthanasia ... and much more An entirely new chapter on bio-engineering has been contributed by Professor John Wyatt of University College London. Including a study guide, Issues Facing Christians Today is essential reading for Christians who wish to engage our culture with insight, passion, and faith, knowing that the gospel is as relevant and deeply needed today as at any time in history. As the culture wars continue, this book will remain a critical contribution, helping to define Christian social and ethical thinking in the years ahead.

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The Reverend Dr. John Stott was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place in London, England, and had a worldwide ministry as a Bible expositor, speaker, and writer.



Roy McCloughry is a writer, lecturer, and researcher on Christian approaches to social issues. He has written a number of books including Living in the Presence of the Future and is chairman of Third Way magazine and a vice president of the Shaftesbury Society. He lectures in ethics and social theology at St John’s College, Nottingham.
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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 4th Revised & Updated ed. edition (September 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310252695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310252696
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Hanson on April 25, 2008
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A few months ago my husband and I were talking about the current political climate with our pastor. As a Christian, I was questioning some of the moral and ethical debates that have been rolling around between the presidential candidates and wondered what the Bible said about the various topics. We had a very intense and deep conversation and our pastor recommended John Stott's "Issues Facing Christians Today" and it has been an incredibly detailed, informative and fantastic read. If anyone is looking for a biblically informative book regarding homosexuality, abortion, terrorism and other current topics, you need to pick up this book.
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Stott has been working this ethics book for years (at least in terms of editions). Before he died, he updated this fourth edition in 2006. So, this isn't too far off the mark of what is going on in the world today, though it seems like in many ways the issues the church faces has really sped up in the past five or six years. The snowball is gaining snow as it continues to speed down the hill. So, this is still pretty relevant for an introduction to Christian ethics.

This work is divided into four parts. Part One concerns textual issues, Part Two concerns global issues, Part Three social issues and Part Four personal issues. So, Part One opens up with foundational issues discussing the nature of evangelical concern in its relation to society at large and the Christian witness to the world. The rest of the book moves from big to small. Part Two deals with the big global issues: war and peace, creation care, global poverty and the nature of human rights. Part Three zooms in just a bit focusing on the social issues of work, business relationships, ethnicity and the Christian lifestyle. Finally, Part Four looks at the more common personal issues of Christian living - relation between the sexes, marriage, abortion, biotechnology (by John Wyatt) and same-sex relationship issues.

All chapters are pretty thorough. Stott lived in the UK, so the American reader will get a good look at many of the issues that were going on in England a few years ago (and still today). But he is also knowledgeable of the American context as well. So the reader from the States won't feel far from home. I wish he were still alive today to update this work because I have found this text to be the best introduction to Christian Ethics that I have read so far.
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This book will contain no surprises for the majority of Evangelical Christians. Stott argues in general for what might be considered fairly normal conservative positions, yet always filled out with grace and a desire for redemption.

However, I found John Wyatt's chapter on biotechnology somewhat dissatisfying, especially given its place immediately after a good chapter on abortion and euthanasia, in which Stott argues strongly for the sanctity of all life from the moment of conception. Wyatt then argues strongly in favour of stem cell research, without really mentioning the source of stem cells and the moral issues involved. The two chapters alongside each other seem incongruous.
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I bought this book to teach a Christian Leadership class, and showed it to another instructor who is already certified to teach the course. He was so impressed by its content that he stated that he would order this book for himself as soon as possible. I gave him the book as a token of our friendship and to help us in this work of empowering/instructing other Christian believers. This is a book worth having in your library.
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Even though John Stott died in the summer of 2011, this latest revision of his earlier work was fully approved by him before he died. It offers wise and insightful insights for church leaders around the world regarding what challenges are being currently faced and how to deal with those challenges. John Stott's passing means the world's intellectuals have lost a bright light.
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John Stott is a world renowned and respected author. He brings thoughtful balance to the issues of how deeply Christians should participate in today's issues of war, Atomic armaments and political partisanship. This is the kind of book that helps those who need it least, and is ignored by those who need it most!
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Here are all the issues we have to face today, as
Christians - though written many years ago, they are still the same. Some of them, though, have become accepted by society, and Christians no longer dare to speak out against them. But here is the truth. There is a good chapter on caring for the environment, responsibilities God gave us in The Beginning.
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As one of the top Christian thinkers and writers in the 20th. Centrury, Dr. Stott!s book addresses many of the common issues facing the world today (such as same-sex relationships, euthanasia, marriage, abortion, etc.) from a basic Christian viewpoint, as found in the Scriptures. These issues surround all of us and are brought up by non-Christians frequently, who themselves should read this book for thoughtful and useful information about Christianity's position on these topics. This book will help to be knowledgeable about the issues and the answers and to answer others with faith , kindness and love while standing for the Scriptures properly. A must-have- book for all Christian believers and thinkers.
C. Patrick Tharp, Ph.D.
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