Understanding Religious Ethics

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-04-05
Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell
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This accessible introduction to religious ethics focuses on the major forms of moral reasoning encompassing the three 'Abrahamic' religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.Draws on a range of moral issues, such as examples arising from friendship, marriage, homosexuality, lying, forgiveness and its limits, the death penalty, the environment, warfare, and the meaning of work, career, and vocation Looks at both ethical reasoning and importantly, how that reasoning reveals insights into a religious tradition Investigates the resources available to address common problems confronting Abrahamic faiths, and how each faith explains and defends its moral viewpoints Offering concrete topics for interfaith discussions, this is a timely and insightful introduction to a fast-growing field of interest

Author Biography

Charles Mathewes is Associates Professor of Religious Ethics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition (2001), A Theology of Public Life (2007), and several edited volumes.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introduction: Conviction and Argumentp. 1
Preliminariesp. 19
God and Moralityp. 21
Jewish Ethicsp. 38
Christian Ethicsp. 53
Islamic Ethicsp. 65
Personal Mattersp. 81
Friendshipp. 83
Sexualityp. 91
Marriage and Familyp. 106
Lyingp. 118
Forgivenessp. 134
Social Mattersp. 145
Love and Justicep. 147
Duty, Law, Consciencep. 157
Capital Punishmentp. 167
War (I): Towards Warp. 182
War (II): In Warp. 199
Religion and the Environmentp. 209
The Last Thingsp. 223
Pursuits of Happiness: Labor, Leisure, and Lifep. 225
Good and Evilp. 239
Conclusion: What's So Funny 'bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?p. 254
Notesp. 262
Indexp. 270
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