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The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, 2nd Edition

The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, 2nd Edition

Stanley Hauerwas (Editor), Samuel Wells (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39668-3

Apr 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

592 pages


Featuring updates, revisions, and new essays from various scholars within the Christian tradition, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, Second Edition reveals how Christian worship is the force that shapes the moral life of Christians.

  • Features new essays on class, race, disability, gender, peace, and the virtues
  • Includes a number of revised essays and a range of new authors
  • The innovative and influential approach organizes ethical themes around the shape of Christian worship
  • The original edition is the most successful to-date in the Companions to Religion series
Notes on Contributors.


PART I Studying Ethics Through Worship.

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

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).

6 Greeting: Beyond Racial Reconciliation (Emmanuel Katongole).

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

8 Being Reconciled: Penitence, Punishment, and Worship (John Berkman).

9 Praising in Song: Beauty and the Arts (Kevin J. Vanhoozer).

10 Collecting Praise: Global Culture Industries (Michael L. Budde).

11 Praise: The Prophetic Public Presence of the Mentally Disabled (Brian Brock).

PART III Re-Encountering the Story.

12 Reading the Scriptures: Rehearsing Identity, Practicing Character (Jim Fodor).

13 Listening: Authority and Obedience (Scott Bader-Saye).

14 Proclaiming: Naming and Describing (Charles Pinches).

15 Deliberating: Justice and Liberation (Daniel M. Bell).

16 Discerning: Politics and Reconciliation (William T. Cavanaugh).

17 Confessing the Faith: Reasoning in Tradition (Nicholas Adams).

PART IV Being Embodied.

18 Interceding: Poverty and Prayer (Kelly S. Johnson).

19 Interceding: Giving Grief to Management (Michael Hanby).

20 Interceding: Standing, Kneeling, and Gender (Lauren F. Winner).

21 Being Baptized: Race (Willie Jennings).

22 Being Baptized: Bodies and Abortion (Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt).

23 Becoming One Body: Health Care and Cloning (M. Therese Lysaught).

24 Becoming One Flesh: Marriage, Remarriage, and Sex (David Matzko McCarthy).

25 Sharing Peace: Class, Hierarchy, and Christian Social Order (Luke Bretherton).

26 Sharing Peace: Discipline and Trust (Paul J. Wadell).

PART V Re-Enacting the Story.

27 Offering: Treasuring the Creation (Ben Quash).

28 Participating: Working Toward Worship (R. R. Reno).

29 Remembering: Offering Our Gifts (D. Stephen Long and Tripp York).

30 Invoking: Globalization and Power (Timothy Jarvis Gorringe).

31 Breaking Bread: Peace and War (Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells).

32 Receiving Communion: Euthanasia, Suicide, and Letting Die (Kathryn Greene-McCreight).

33 Sharing Communion: Hunger, Food, and Genetically Modifi ed Foods (Robert Song).

34 Eating Together: Friendship and Homosexuality (Joel James Shuman).

35 Being Silent: Time in the Spirit (Michael S. Northcott).

36 Footwashing: Preparation for Christian Life (Mark Thiessen Nation).

PART VI Being Commissioned.

37 Being Blessed: Wealth, Property, and Theft (Stephen Fowl).

38 Bearing Fruit: Conception, Children, and the Family (Joseph L. Mangina).

39 Being Sent: Witness (Michael G. Cartwright).


40 The Virtue of the Liturgy (Jennifer Herdt).

41 Afterword (Rowan Williams).


"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers." (Choice, 2011)

"But of course, no Companion can say it all, and for what this one is trying to accomplish, it is a brilliant work. In the past several years, I have gone back to several of the original essays over and over again, and I'm sure I will do the same with some of the new ones." (Jesus Creed, 15 October 2011)

"This is a must-have book on the minister's bookshelf." (Regent's Reviews, 1 October 2011)

"But of course, no Companion can say it all, and for what this one is trying to accomplish, it is a
brilliant work." (Theatrical Theology, 2011)

"This is a very fine book which deserves a place on the shelves of all those who love Walsingham and its parish church." (New Directions, 1 September 2011)