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The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics

Stanley Hauerwas (Editor), Samuel Wells (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-2875-9
528 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics presents a comprehensive and systematic exposition of Christian ethics, seen through the lens of Christian worship.
  • An innovative exposition of Christian ethics, seen through the lens of Christian worship
  • Challenges conventional approaches to the subject
  • Restores a sense of the integral connection between Christian ethics and theology
  • Stanley Hauerwas is one of the most influential figures in Christian ethics around the world
  • Embraces contributors from the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Mennonite and Pentecostal traditions
  • Designed to be accessible to introductory students
  • Will have a major impact on the discipline of Christian ethics
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List of Contributors.

Preface.

Part I: Practising Studying Ethics Through Worship:.

1.Christian Ethics as Informed Prayer: Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University) and Samuel Wells (Duke University).

2. The Gift of the Church and the Gifts God Gives It: Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells.

3. Why Christian Ethics was Invented: Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells.

4.How the Church Managed Before There was Ethics: Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells.

Part II: Meeting God And One Another:.

5. Gathering: Worship, Imagination and Formation: Philip Kenneson (Milligan College, Tennessee).

6. Greeting: Beyond Racial Reconciliation: Emmanuel Katongole (University of the Martyres, Uganda and Duke University).

7. Naming the Risen Lord: Embodied Discipleship and Masculinity: Amy Laura Hall (Duke University).

8. Being Reconciled: Penitence, Punishment and Worship: John Berkman (Catholic University of America, Washington, DC).

9. Praising in Song: Beauty and the Arts: Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Trinity Evangelical School of Theology, Illinois).

10. Collecting Praise: Global Culture Industries: Michael L. Budde (De Paul University, Illinois).

Part III: Re-Encountering The Story:.

11. Reading the Scriptures: Rehearsing Identity, Practicing Character: Jim Fodor (Saint Bonaventure College, New York).

12. Listening: Authority and Obedience: Scott Bader-Saye (University of Scranton, Pennsylvania).

13. Proclaiming Naming and Describing: Charles Pinches (University of Scranton, Pennsylvania).

14. Deliberating: Justice and Liberation: Daniel M. Bell (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, South Carolina).

15. Discerning: Politics and Reconciliation: William T. Cavanaugh (University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota).

16. Confessing the Faith: Reasoning in Tradition: Nicholas Adams (University of Edinburgh).

Part IV: Being Embodied:.

17. Prayer: Poverty: Kelly S. Johnson (University of Dayton, Ohio).

18. Interceding: Giving Grief to Management: Michael Hanby (Baylor University).

19. Being Baptised: Bodies and Abortion: Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt (Loyola College of Baltimore, Maryland).

20. Becoming One Body: Health Care and Cloning: M. Therese Lysaught (University of Dayton, Ohio).

21. Becoming One Flesh: Marriage, Remarriage and Sex: David Matzko McCarthy (St Mary's College, Maryland).

22. Sharing Peace: Discipline and Trust: Paul J. Wadell (St Norbert's College, Wisconsin).

Part V: Re-Enacting The Story:.

23. Offering: Treasuring the Creation: Ben Quash (University of Cambridge).

24. Participating: Working toward Worship:Rusty Reno (Creighton University, Nebraska).

25. Remembering: Offering Our Gifts: D. Stephen Long and Tripp York (Garrett-Evangelica Theological Seminary, Illinois).

26. Invoking: Globalization and Power:Timothy Jarvis Gorringe (University of Exeter).

27. Breaking Bread: Peace and War: Gerald W. Schlabach (University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota).

28. Receiving Communion: Euthanasia, Suicide, and Letting Die: Carol Bailey Stoneking (High Point University, North Carolina).

29. Sharing Communion: Hunger, Food, and GM Foods: Robert Song (University of Durham).

30. Eating Together: Friendship and Homosexuality: Joel James Shuman (King's College, Pennsylvania).

31. Being Silent: Time in the Spirit: Michael S. Northcott (University of Edinburgh).

32. Being Thankful: Parenting the Mentally Disabled: Hans S. Reinders (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands).

33. Washing Feet: Preparation forService: Mark Thiessen Nation (Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Virginia).

Part VI: Being Commissioned:.

34. Being Blessed: Wealth, Property and Theft: Stephen Fowl (Loyola College, Maryland).

35. Bearing Fruit: Conception, Children and the Family: Joseph L. Mangina (Wycliffe Seminary, Canada).

36. Being Sent: Witness: Michael G. Cartwright (University of Indianapolis).

37 Afterword: Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury).

Index

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Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School, Duke University, North Carolina. He is regarded as a, if not the, leading figure in Christian ethics. His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the twentieth century. He is one of the most brilliant and original thinkers of his generation. He has written numerous books including: The Peaceable Kingdom (1983), A Community of Character (1981), Resident Aliens (1989), Christians Among the Virtues (1997), Wilderness Wanderings: Probing Twentieth Century Theology (1997), Sanctify Them in the Truth (1998), and With the Grain of the Universe: the Church’s Witness and Natural Theology (2001).

Samuel Wells is Priest-in-Charge of St Mark's, Newnham, Cambridge, and a writer in theological ethics. He has published several books, including Transforming Fate into Destiny (1998), Faithfulness and Fortitude (2000), and Improvisation and the Drama of Christian Ethics (2004).

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  • Co-edited by Stanley Hauerwas, one of the most influential figures in Christian ethics around the world.
  • Described by The Times Literary Supplement as "substantial and significant".
  • An innovative exposition of Christian ethics, seen through the lens of Christian worship, and one which challenges conventional approaches to the subject.
  • Embraces contributors from the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Mennonite and Pentecostal traditions.
  • Restores a sense of the integral connection between Christian ethics and theology.
  • Written for and designed to be accessible to introductory students.
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"An important, often insightful and almost always provocative book that would be unwise to ignore." Studies in Christian Ethics<!--end-->

"Substantial and significant… the early fruit of an important recent theological turn in theology, towards taking worship as a major source of insight, challenge and guidance… Stanley Hauerwas is probably the most creative, provocative, and exasperating theologian in the English-speaking world. He has enlisted a mighty band of able and argumentative disciples who dominate much theological discussion today, especially in Christian ethics." Times Literary Supplement


"Love God and love your neighbour have been the twin commandments in the New Testament from the beginning. Nevertheless, worshipping God and practising neighbourly charity have usually gone in tandem, essential but separate activities. At best, moral theology may come in as a sequel or even appendix to dogmatics. The originality of this book lies in grounding Christian ethics not even in dogmatics but in the liturgy of the eucharist. Wonderfully worked out by the many fine scholars gathered by Hauerwas and Wells, this is a genuinely new turn in the history of Christian experience." Fergus Kerr, Regent, Blackfriars, Oxford


“This accessible volume will interest undergraduates and more advanced scholars alike.” Karen Melham, Emory University

“The volume offers a salutary reminder that Christian ethics is not simply one among other theoretical enterprises, but rather a sustained and disciplined attempt to understand the deepest dimensions of the Christian life. It rightly observes that Christian worship (at least when done well) is paradigmatic for discipleship and central means of moral information. The best chapters in this Companion communicate a deep sense of the distinctive nature of Christian ethics in a way that benefits us all.” Stephen J. Pope, Boston College

"I recommend this work especially for faculty of Christian ethics courses and worship courses at seminaries and church affiliated colleges." Teaching Theology & Religion

"Love God and love your neighbour have been the twin commandments in the New Testament from the beginning. Nevertheless, worshipping God and practising neighbourly charity have usually gone in tandem, essential but separate activities. At best, moral theology may come in as a sequel or even appendix to dogmatics. The originality of this book lies in grounding Christian ethics not even in dogmatics but in the liturgy of the eucharist. Wonderfully worked out by the many fine scholars gathered by Hauerwas and Wells, this is a genuinely new turn in the history of Christian experience."
Fergus Kerr, Regent, Blackfriars, Oxford

“This accessible volume will interest undergraduates and more advanced scholars alike.”
Karen Melham, Emory University

“The volume offers a salutary reminder that Christian ethics is not simply one among other theoretical enterprises, but rather a sustained and disciplined attempt to understand the deepest dimensions of the Christian life. It rightly observes that Christian worship (at least when done well) is paradigmatic for discipleship and central means of moral information. The best chapters in this Companion communicate a deep sense of the distinctive nature of Christian ethics in a way that benefits us all.”
Stephen J. Pope, Boston College

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