Conscience on Campus: An Interpretation of Christian Ethics for College Life

Conscience on Campus: An Interpretation of Christian Ethics for College Life

Conscience on Campus: An Interpretation of Christian Ethics for College Life

Conscience on Campus: An Interpretation of Christian Ethics for College Life

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The aims of this book are to analyze the morality of the American campus from the standpoint of the Christian faith and to try to show the relevance of Christian ethics to the day-to-day decisions which have to be made. It is plain that to deliver on such a large order in such a small book as this involves a good deal of telegraphic writing and hasty generalization, both as to what prevails on the American campus and as to what Christian ethics has to say about it. Yet this book is written out of the conviction that there are profoundly valid insights in Christianity for the dilemmas of college students--at least students who are in college for more than the ride and are prepared to confront the essential facts of life.

But we start at a disadvantage, badly cluttered up with illusions and misconceptions, which first need to be cleared away, both about the prevailing situation and about what Christian ethics means.

For one thing, it is assumed, often as much at a state university as at a church college, that we are all more or less Christian already, or at least we accept Christian principles-- broadly speaking, who doesn't?--and therefore there is no point in talking about what Christianity has to say to the campus, as though the campus needed to be persuaded to . . .

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