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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Christian Ethics by Norman L. Christian Ethics by Norman L. Pressing ethical issues pertaining to abortion, euthanasia, divorce, and others are examined from a biblical perspective. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Christian Ethics , please sign up. See 1 question about Christian Ethics…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Christian Ethics. Feb 23, Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it Shelves: ethics , philosophy-of-religion , philosophy. Geisler's work is divided into two parts: a survey of the different positions including a defense of his own, graded absolutism and a treatment of different issues in ethical reasoning.
While one can quibble with some of his exegesis, his larger arguments are compelling. His treatment of defective ethical positions, such as Joseph Fletcher's Situationism, is masterful. Situationism The situationist has the one law of love, the many general principles of wisdom, and the moment of decision Geisle Geisler's work is divided into two parts: a survey of the different positions including a defense of his own, graded absolutism and a treatment of different issues in ethical reasoning.
Situationism The situationist has the one law of love, the many general principles of wisdom, and the moment of decision Geisler Geisler does note a number of legitimate strengths of situationism, but nonetheless there are gaping inadequacies.
Utilitarianism Greatest good for greatest number. Do we mean a few years? In that case, only God could be a utilitarian and he is not Unqualified Absolutism premise: all moral conflicts are only apparent; they are not real Augustine: cannot gain eternal life by temporal evil. However, he does not believe every intentional deception is a lie e. Negative Aspects Disputed premises: 1 Are sins of the soul necessarily worse?
Perhaps, but the Platonic premise here should at least by acknowledged. In fact, obedience often puts the believer in dilemmas! In other words, sucks to be you. Best seen in Lutheran Two-Kingdoms. Illustrated: 4 Love for God is more important than love for man. Options and Applications: Issues The second section of the book deals with problems in Ethics. BioMedical Issues. However, he does note that birth control methods that kill a fertilized ovum are murder. Condoms, however, do not kill fertilized ova.
Punishment is to punish the offender. Nothing more, nothing less. And common sense shows how tyrannical the latter can be. Geisler gives good responses to the opponents of capital punishment. Geisler defends the possibility of just war, including tactical nuclear strikes. A tactical nuclear strike against a larger army is not the same thing as launching thousands of ICBMs and will not destroy planet earth. The former advocates rebelling against the government when it passes a law that permits evil or limits freedom.
Schaeffer took this position in A Christian Manifesto. Not only is it unworkable, it is negated by much of Christian history. The latter position means disobeying the government when it commands you to do evil. Geisler categorically condemns armed revolution. Marriage and Divorce: As marriage is more than sex, so sex is more than procreation. Its purpose is threefold: 1 propagation Gen. His take on divorce is a bit complicated. It is always wrong That does not mean remarriage is not permissible under certain circumstances.
Conclusion: This is a fine intro to Christian Ethics and will serve nicely in a college or seminary classroom. Geisler's work is exceptionally well-researched, well-documented and well-written. His arguments are both powerfully supported and rationally coherent. While his detailed, in-depth analyses of complex issues, and his introduction of numerous, abstruse concepts such as emotivism, reconstructionism, selectivism and solipsism might render the book more appropriate as a university textbook for use at the graduate, if not the undergraduate level, it nevertheless commends itself as an exceptional Dr.
While his detailed, in-depth analyses of complex issues, and his introduction of numerous, abstruse concepts such as emotivism, reconstructionism, selectivism and solipsism might render the book more appropriate as a university textbook for use at the graduate, if not the undergraduate level, it nevertheless commends itself as an exceptional resource for those readers seeking a thorough, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference in the field of Christian ethics.
As arguably the most reasoned, comprehensive and authoritative, general text on Christian ethics to date, it speaks extensively to the world's current state of rampant and callous depravity. Thus it deserves a prominent place in the library of every serious student of Christian ethics, apologetics or theology. Apr 27, Adrian rated it liked it. The author presents in a very structured way several ethycal systems and multiple important ethical issues.
The author gives multiple arguments for each christian position regarding a ethical issue. Feb 23, Garrett rated it liked it. Some decent thoughts here, and I realize this is a survey book, more or less, but still, most of this is devoted to demolishing straw men that no one credible defends. Jul 20, Dr. Jake Brock rated it it was amazing. Well constructed, thorough and user-friendly guide to understanding and engaging in ethical reasoning from a Christian worldview.
Good book. Dec 07, Rodney Harvill rated it really liked it Shelves: ethics. There were several ethics positions of which I was unaware.
For example, the activist position in war and civil disobedience assumes that government direction automatically makes an action just. I had wondered how a people that produced Martin Luther and a wealth of theological study could submit in lock-step fashion to a man such as Hitler. Perhaps this ethical position helps to explain this contradiction.
The author presents and evaluates multiple sides of the ethical systems and issues in a respectful manner. By the end of each chapter, there is no doubt where he stands.
Yet he presents a good example of respectful disagreement. He did not dismiss opposing viewpoints and often pointed out certain strengths and good points in his critiques of them. Geisler does a thorough job of describing all the arguments for a particular issue, but fails to spend any actual time discussing why he thinks the argument falls short.
Many of his responses to said arguments are one sentence long, and most are filled with unproven assertions. That's not to say he is wrong, I agree with him a great deal. However, he doesn't spend an adequate amount of time developing or backing up his points. That being said, all in all it is a great way to get an overview of arguments for or against specific ethical issues.
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