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February 27, 2015
This is a masterpiece! The articles are well written, provocative, and give tremendous insight into the ethical implications of the Bible. This book will make demands on the reader and challenge our ethical assumptions - which is always a good thing! The brief article on the book of Revelation for example opens up an entire new way of thinking about what faith looks like in the complex interplay between state power, the lure of wealth, and the value of persons. I recommend this book for people interested in the question: what does it mean to be faithful? Here you will be challenged to see the theological and ethical dimensions of that question.
This book has paid back every penny I paid for it. From the moment I pulled it out of the box (bought it from CBD) I sat down and began to read. What a wonderful, eye opening reference book. It's depth, range of coverage, as the layout is exceptional!
When I first thought about getting and dictionary on ethics, I foolishly thought that it probably wouldn't be very useful. BOY WAS I WRONG.
I highly recommend this book and would encourage all Christians Wh take the faith seriously, to buy, use it, and even read one article a day and ponder it prayerfully.
While this resource is not entirely bad, I did find that it has enough articles written from a liberal perspective that I was very disappointed with it and returned my copy for a refund. This was not an easy decision for me, as I really tried to like this book. But I simply grew tired of doing mental combat with the authors of the various articles as they seek to undermine the truth and trustworthiness of Scripture. (If you operate from a theologically conservative worldview and enjoy having your beliefs challenged rather than affirmed, you might actually enjoy this book.) In that respect, I find the title of the book to be very misleading, to say nothing of the glowing endorsements.
Three examples: 1. The article on "Poverty and Poor" gives the distinct impression that the vast majority of the poverty in the world is due to the wealthy oppressing the poor. What about the book of Proverbs? you may ask. Well, that doesn't count since Proverbs was written from an aristocratic point of view (= from aristocrats to aristocrats). 2. The article on "Homosexuality" seeks to muddy the clear waters of Scripture with the muck of cultural relativism, and leaves one with the impression that we living in (post)modern times might well do better in relying more on our enlightened thinking and less on an ancient text that is difficult, if not impossible, to properly interpret. 3. The article on race and racism (title?) vilifies anyone who does not endorse every liberal talking point on the topic. Don't have racist feelings, use racist language, or judge people by their skin color? Well don't think you're off the hook, since you are probably a "latent" racist.
I must say that I am both highly disappointed and very surprised at Baker. They missed a golden opportunity to produce a solidly conservative resource built on God's inspired, inerrant Word, the Bible. I can only hope that this is an anomaly and not an indication of entrenched liberal influence and/or leadership at Baker Academic.