(PUBInterVarsity)For students or laypeople who get bogged down in confusing, at times overlapping, terminology, here are lucid definitions produced by respected authorities---all printed in a convenient 4.5" x 7" format. From utilitarianism to virtue, cloning to war, Augustine to Peter Singer. 128 pages, softcover.
Ethics is as old as the city-state and as new as cyberspace. Guided by the wagon tracks of moral tradition, it nevertheless rides the cutting edge of science and technology. Increasingly it is moving into the corner offices of law, business, medicine, science and technology. But few of us arrive in our first ethics class--or take our seat on an ethics committee--with a grip on the range of ideas and thinkers, perspectives and pitfalls that make up this ancient conversation about what is good and right and moral. We may feel like college math students who slipped through high school without learning algebra. The Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
is a convenient boost to help you catch up. Among the 300 definitions provided by Stanley J. Grenz and Jay T. Smith are
- terms, from altruism to virtue
- issues, from animal rights to war
- ethicists, from Saint Augustine to Peter Singer
- perspectives, from Aristotelianism to utilitarianism
- marketplace specialties, from advertising to technological ethics
Not only does this brief and convenient reference book take you where your desktop dictionary was not designed to go, it doubles as your basic A-to-Z survey or refresher course in ethics.
Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a D.Theol. From the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is (2004). His other books include (Westminster John Knox), (with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), (IVP), (Eerdmans), (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), (IVP), and (IVP). He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including (with Roger E. Olson), (with Jay T. Smith), and (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as and the For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.
Jay T. Smith (Ph.D., Trinity College-University of Bristol, D.Min., Carey Theological College) is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Bozeman, Montana and principal of the Montana Centre for Faith, Adventure and the Arts.