Christian Ethics: A Brief History
Christian Ethics: A Brief History  -     By: Michael Banner
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Format: Other
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1405115181
ISBN-13: 9781405115186

Publisher's Description

This enlightening book steers readers through the challenges andmoral issues, providing a clear and decisive history of the mainfigures and texts in Christian ethics.
  • A short and lively history of Christian ethics, exploring howChristianity has always had to grapple with complex moral problems- from questions about the status of early Christians who renouncedtheir religion under Roman torture, through to current debatesabout euthanasia
  • Engages with the main texts and figures in Christian ethics,including Augustine, Benedict, Aquinas, Luther and Barth
  • Considers questions such as human will, the proper form ofChristian life, natural law, and whether human nature is at oddswith Christian ethics
  • Concludes with a thought-provoking chapter considering the rolethat Christian ethics can play in contemporary moral debates andethical dilemmas

Author Bio

Dr Michael Banner is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Editorial Reviews

One might expect such a history to begin with the Bible, butBanner starts with a small work from the early Church: the Ruleof St. Benedict (550 C.E.), which he claims is the paradigmaticframework with which to understand Christian ethics. . . AlthoughBanner states that he does not intend to defend Christianity, hispositive opinion of it emerges (which is not of itself ashort-coming)." (Philosophy in Review, August 2010)

"For a book so short, it is disproportionately powerful, and farfrom being an ‘idiot's guide' it has its own distinctivevoice and case to offer." (Regent's Reviews, April 2010)

“As the title of the present volume indicates, the aim ofthe book is to provide a brief history of Christian ethics. Theauthor does this by engaging with key figures and their thought,including Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther, whichallows him to draw out the challenges to Christian ethics, whichNietzsche and other nineteenth-century thinkers as well ascontemporary relativism have presented.” (Journal ofContemporary Religion

“This book is part of a series that aims to present‘brief, accessible, and lively accounts of key topics withintheology and religion.’ This history of Christian ethicssucceeds in all three aims.” (CHOICE, October2009)

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