Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Moral Disciple: An Introduction to Christian Ethics

Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Moral Disciple: An Introduction to Christian Ethics

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THE MORAL DISCIPLE: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS. By Kent A. Van Til. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. x + 160. $18.

A common weakness that weighs down introductory texts in Christian ethics is the author's tendency to show partiality for a particular way of doing ethics. Throughout this wonderful book, Van Til consistently avoids this partiality. In so doing, he makes the volume an exemplary model of how to introduce Christian ethics to a broad audience.

After an initial section containing a refreshingly clear definition of ethics, the text covers three further parts that, in turn, examine character, norms, and consequences as they pertain to the Christian moral life. Little danger exists that readers will be led to separate the theory behind these ethical terms from their practical implications. V. makes it clear that becoming a Christian disciple is the result of practicing gospel-inspired behavior, warning, "If the consequences of our actions do not benefit the poor and marginalized, we are not doing good for those for whom God cares the most" (137).

The book is particularly remarkable for its clear explanations and its relevance for real life. …

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