Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Comparative Religious Ethics: Everyday Decision for Our Everyday Lives

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Comparative Religious Ethics: Everyday Decision for Our Everyday Lives

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Comparative Religious Ethics: Everyday Decision for Our Everyday Lives. By Christine E. Gudorf. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-08006-9861, Paper; ISBN: 978-1-45142621-2, ebook. 248 pages. $49.00.

This is a helpful, accessible, wide-ranging book! Christian ethicist Christine Gudorf has extensive experience teaching undergraduate students in secular settings, and has written much to make the field of religious ethics accessible to a broad range of audiences in and beyond the academy. Here she has written a book that in method and style invites those without previous background (or even interest) in religion or ethics to consider how such perspectives are relevant for a wide array of realities that ordinary people (especially "seeker-skeptical students") encounter in everyday life.

An opening section sets forth helpful discussions of ethics and spirituality that such readers are likely to connect with today, and in non-technical ways introduces basic ethical distinctions that undergird the discussions in subsequent chapters on: food, fasting and feasting; making work human; body covering, appearance and identity; sexuality and marriage; making and keeping families; anger and violence; and charity and beggars. …

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