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Christian Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems


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Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Turning the world upside down - and some other tasks for dogmatic Christian ethics; 2. Christian anthropology at the beginning and end of life; 3. The practice of abortion: a critique; 4. Economic devices and ethical pitfalls: quality of life, the distribution of resources and the needs of the elderly; 5. Why and how (not) to value the environment; 6. On not begging the questions about biotechnology; 7. 'Who are my mother and my brothers?': Marx, Bonhoeffer and Benedict and the redemption of the family; 8. Five churches in search of sexual ethics; 9. Prolegomena to a dogmatic sexual ethic; Bibliography; Index.

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Explores the significance of Christian belief for a range of contemporary and controversial ethical issues.


'Michael Banner is an event waiting to happen. He is clearly one of the brightest and most interesting young people doing ethics on the scene today. He is a first-rate theologian who promises to be a new and long-standing voice not only in England but in America. This is a good book and one that I believe will be widely read.' Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University 'Michael Banner has a distinctive voice. It is articulate, reasoned and often polemical. It is resolutely theological, and draws increasingly on classic theologians of the past as well as on major figures from the last two centuries. It addresses some of the most pressing contemporary ethical concerns.' Oliver O'Donovan, University of Oxford 'His book oozes with confidence and assuredness.' Times Literary Supplement

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