A Survey of Recent Christian Ethics

A Survey of Recent Christian Ethics

A Survey of Recent Christian Ethics

A Survey of Recent Christian Ethics

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This is a report on the changing contours of Christian thinking about moral issues since A Survey of Christian Ethics was written in the middle 1960s and published in 1967. Parts One and Two build upon the motif pattern used before, and readers who are not familiar with the motif patterns developed in the earlier work may find it useful, though not necessary, to examine that treatment. Part Three of this work considers developments that have some continuity with the past but which are now so important to the field as to require separate consideration. Part Four discusses frameworks for doing Christian ethics that have developed in the last fifteen years.

No overview of so complex a field as Christian ethics can ever be complete. Even a month-by-month or quarter-by-quarter summary would miss something. Moreover, bibliographically oriented essays which are prepared close to the appearance of the materials are seldom able to discern thematic developments over a period of several years, which this volume seeks to do.

Because this volume seeks to discern motifs and trends it is selective in its choice of materials. Dominant attention is given to book-length treatments of issues, and the selection of books has been governed by principles of general visibility, but more par-

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