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An Introduction to Christian Ethics
History, Movements, People

By Harry J. Huebner

An Introduction to Christian Ethics
Paperback, 656 pages $59.95
Published: 1st January 2012
ISBN: 9781602580633
Format: 10in x 7in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Theology

In this pedagogically astute introduction, Harry Huebner approaches Christian ethics as theology embodied in the lives of real people. And he maintains that matters of justice, poverty, power, and violence too often go without the appropriate Christian response—of the "Word becoming Flesh." In this comprehensive volume, Huebner skillfully addresses the ethical challenges raised by social philosophers as well as Latin American, African American, Aboriginal, feminist, and peace theologians. An Introduction to Christian Ethics spans the centuries—from Athens to contemporary America and beyond—and collects some of the most influential voices in Christian ethics on both classical theories and contemporary moral issues. Huebner's careful presentation allows each of these voices—and their distinctive cultural settings—to ring through history and across social boundaries. Huebner provides teachers and students with a solid foundation upon which to build a faithful approach to ethical thought and practice.


Introduction: What Is Christian Ethics?



1 Greek Ethics

2 Biblical Ethics

3 Early Church Ethics

4 Medieval Church Ethics I

5 Medieval Church Ethics II

6 Renaissance and Reformation Ethics

7 Enlightenment Ethics

8 Post-Enlightenment Ethics

Excursus Part I




9 Philosophy and Ethics

10 Sociology and Ethics

11 Psychology and Ethics

12 Theology and Ethics

Excursus Part II




SECTION A: Early Responses to the Nineteenth Century

13 Ernst Troeltsch (1865–1923)

14 Karl Barth (1886–1968)

15 Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945)

16 Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988)

17 Dorothee Sölle (1929–2003)

Excursus Part III–A


SECTION B: Formative, Contemporary, Christian Ethicists

18 Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918)

19 James Shaver Woodsworth (1874–1942)

20 Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)

21 Helmut Richard Niebuhr (1894–1962)

22 Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)

23 James Moody Gustafson (1925–)

Excursus Part III–B




SECTION A: Christian Social Philosophers

24 George Parkin Grant (1918–1988)

25 Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre (1929–)

Excursus Part IV–A


SECTION B: Liberation Theologians

26 Gustavo Gutiérrez (1928–)

27 James Hal Cone (1938–)

28 George E. “Tink” Tinker

Excursus Part IV–B


SECTION C: Feminist Theologians

29 Rosemary Radford Ruether (1936–)

30 Sharon D. Welch

31 Mercy Amba Oduyoye (1933–)

Excursus Part IV–C


SECTION D: Peace Theologians

32 John Howard Yoder (1927–1997)

33 James William McClendon Jr. (1924–2000)

34 Stanley Hauerwas (1940–)

Excursus Part IV–D


Conclusion: On Putting Christian Ethics in Its Place



"By placing the great figures of Christian tradition historically and biographically, Huebner illumines both their unique particularity and the ways in which they are models for today. Readers will be rewarded with new insights into 'thinkers' who come alive as 'believers' and 'practitioners.'"

—Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College

"Huebner's introduction presents an accurate, reliable, and comprehensive historical argument. Truly impressive in scope, it offers a recovery of Jesus in Christian ethics that is ecclesiologically engaged. I can only celebrate this huge accomplishment!"

—Glen Stassen, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary

"This book does the impossible—it brings together a breadth of histories, persons and movements who constitute the core of Christian ethics in antiquity, modernity and post-modernity without sacrificing substance. An Introduction to Christian Ethics is clear, profound and a thoroughly enjoyable read and now sets the standard as the reference book for the discipline."

—D. Stephen Long, Professor of Systematic Theology, Marquette University

"A strength of this text's approach to Christian ethics is Huebner's conviction that 'discipleship learning is more than mere head learning.' Such learning involves observation of Christian mentors' lives along with their ethical discourse, and appropriation of their teaching as students deepen practice of the form of life and community that has grown from God's work in Jesus Christ. In this text, valuable both for college and seminary students, Huebner selects a variety of 19th and 20th century ethicists for this kind of careful examination and inspiration."

—Gayle Gerber Koontz, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Harry J. Huebner is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Philosophy at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of Echoes of the Word: Theological Ethics as Rhetorical Practice. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 656 pages
 10in x 7in

  REL028000, REL067000, REL070000
 Baylor University Press

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