Moral Issues and Christian Responses

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2012-09-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub

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Previously published by Cengage/Wadsworth, this popular anthology for the study of Christian ethics has been a mainstay of undergraduate courses for nearly thirty years. Shannon and Patricia Jung provide an introduction to contemporary moral issues from decidedly, yet diverse, Christian moral perspectives. The anthology intentionally seeks a range of voices to produce a kind of "point/counterpoint" discussion of the ethical issue. Among the classic issues considered are: sexuality and reproductive rights, prejudice, biomedical ethics, the environment, immigration, terrorism, war, and globalization. New issues include: development ethics, personal finance and consumerism, workplace ethics, health care, and citizenship.

Author Biography

Patricia Beattie Jung is Professor of Christian Ethics and Oubri A. Poppele Professor of Health and Welfare Ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology and has served for many years as coeditor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. L. Shannon Jung is Franklin and Louise Cole Professor of Town and Country Ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology and has published broadly in religious ethics.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: A Primer on Doing Ethicsp. 1
What Makes Ethics Christian?
Foundationsp. 15
An Opening Casep. 15
Introductionp. 15
Biblical Authorityp. 18
The Bible in Transitp. 25
A Death to Celebrate? The Just-War Tradition and the Killing of Osama Bin Ladenp. 29
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Brainp. 33
"Wading through Many Sorrows": Toward a Theology of Suffering in Womanist Perspectivep. 37
Taking a Standp. 46
An Opening Casep. 46
Introductionp. 46
The Eclipse of Love for Godp. 49
Mujerista Discourse: A Platform for Latinas' Subjugated Knowledgep. 53
"Rights and Wrongs": An Interview with Nicholas Wolterstorffp. 63
The Unholy Trinity of Consumerismp. 68
Forgivenessp. 73
An Opening Casep. 73
Introductionp. 73
Imitating God: Nickel Mines, Forgiveness, and Yoderp. 76
Blame Versus Forgivenessp. 84
Lessons in Mercy: Justice and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Atrocitiesp. 91
Letting Go: The Final Miracle of Forgivenessp. 96
Sexual Ethics
Sexual Intimacyp. 103
An Opening Casep. 103
Introductionp. 103
The Body's Gracep. 106
Marriage Prep and Double Standards: The Hookup Culture's Damaging Effectsp. 116
Good Sex: Its Meaning and Moralsp. 122
Love Your Enemy: Sex, Power, and Christian Ethicsp. 127
Sexual Slavery on Main Streetp. 136
Marriage and Familyp. 141
An Opening Casep. 141
Introductionp. 141
A Betrothal Proposalp. 144
Domestic Abusep. 149
No Good Divorce: The Children's Perspective: An Interview with Elizabeth Marquardtp. 152
What God Has Joinedp. 157
Role Playp. 162
Advice and Consent: Monogamy in the Age of Dan Savagep. 165
Prejudice and Discrimination
Heterosexismp. 173
An Opening Casep. 173
Introductionp. 173
Awaiting the Redemption of Our Bodiesp. 177
Heterosexism and the Interpretation of Romans 1:18-32p. 186
Bearing Better Witnessp. 199
Blessing Same-Sex Marriagesp. 205
Racismp. 211
An Opening Casep. 211
Introductionp. 211
Obama and Race in America: What's Changed?p. 214
Race Mattersp. 221
Whiteness: The Structure of Institutional Racismp. 226
Issues of National and Global Priority
Immigrationp. 235
An Opening Casep. 235
Introductionp. 235
Imagining the Immigrant: Why Legality Must Give Way to Humanityp. 238
Creating a Sacred Space: An Iglesia Evangélica Response to Global Homelessnessp. 241
A Judeo-Christian Approach to "Comprehensive" Immigration Reformp. 248
Caring for the Whole Earth Communityp. 253
An Opening Casep. 253
Introductionp. 254
Poisoning the Well: A Review of Mark Hertsgaard's Hot: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earthp. 256
Toward an Ethic of Ecojusticep. 259
The Challenge of Biocentrismp. 264
An Earth-Honoring Faithp. 272
When "Knowledge" Is Simply "All Wet" and "Ignorance Is Bliss"! Christian Environmental Ethics Meets Science in Louisiana's Wetlandsp. 276
Economic Justice
Consumerismp. 285
An Opening Casep. 285
Introductionp. 285
Pay Attention to the Birdsp. 288
Just a Little Bit More: Greed and the Mailing of Our Soulsp. 292
Nickel and Dimed: A Review of Bethany Moreton's To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprisep. 298
Capitalism and Christian Valuesp. 300
An Opening Casep. 300
Introductionp. 301
When Generosity Is Not Enoughp. 303
Fighting Poverty to Build Peacep. 312
Just Deserts: Beyond the Free Marketp. 317
When Is Self-interest Moral? A Gap in Catholic Social Teachingp. 323
Seeking Economic Justice in a Globalized Worldp. 327
An Opening Casep. 327
Introductionp. 328
Christian Theology and Developmentp. 331
Shopping for Justice: The Trouble with Good Intentionsp. 336
The Dread Cancer of Stinginessp. 340
Still Hungry: A Review of Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid: A Better Way for Africap. 345
Issues of Life and Death
Abortionp. 351
An Opening Casep. 351
Introductionp. 352
Theology and Morality of Procreative Choicep. 355
Abortion and the Sexual Agendap. 363
Fetal Status: Sources and Implicationsp. 371
What Actually Works? The Right Supports Can Reduce Abortion Ratesp. 377
Physician-Assisted Suicidep. 380
An Opening Casep. 380
Introductionp. 381
Still Dying Badly: A Christian Critiquep. 384
Assisted Suicide: Do We Own Our Bodies?p. 392
The Case for Physician-Assisted Suicide?p. 397
Capital Punishmentp. 405
An Opening Casep. 405
Introductionp. 405
A Horrific Crime: But Is Execution the Answer?p. 408
Catholicism and Capital Punishmentp. 410
Crime and Sacrificep. 416
Terrorism and Warp. 420
An Opening Casep. 420
Introductionp. 420
Did 9/11 Make Us Morally "Better"?p. 423
When the Shooting Stops: Criteria for a Just Peacep. 426
Courageous Nonviolencep. 430
Against the New Utopianismp. 433
Notesp. 439
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