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Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective, Volume 2

Ethics and Theology

Gustafson’s two-volume work has been hailed as a major contribution to Christian ethics. In this second volume, Gustafson considers marriage, suicide, and the allocation of resources in famine and in biomedical research to develop an ethical outlook in which divine purpose is the basis of moral activity.

"Breadth and subtlety, wisdom and insight . . . Gustafson is a first-rate theologian."—Commonweal

"The two-volume work, now complete, will be a benchmark for discussions of Christian ethics for years to come. With it Gustafson becomes one of the thinkers by whom others can, by agreement or divergence, define their own ethics."—Roger L. Shinn, Christianity and Crisis

"Gustafson’s theocentrism is an original and creative contribution to modern ethical discussion."—Douglas Sturm, Ethics

333 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1984

Philosophy: Ethics

Religion: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics

Table of Contents

1. Theocentric Ethics in Profile
2. Benchmarks from Theology
Karl Barth
Thomas Aquinas
Karl Rahner
Paul Ramsey
3. Benchmarks from Moral Philosophy
4. A Brief Transition
5. Marriage and Family
An Interpretation
Our Being in Marriage and Family
Our Doing in Marriage and Family
Marriage, Family, and Social Ethics
"Schools" for Piety and Morality
The Religious and Moral Wisdom of the Marriage Service
6. Suicide
Arguments from the Literature
An Interpretation of Suicide
Response from a Theocentric Perspective
7. Population and Nutrition
Religious and Theological Reflections
Some Variables
Some Ethical Approaches
The Approach from Theocentric Ethics
8. Allocation of Biomedical Research Funding
Some Social Analysis
Types of Criteria
Reflections from a Theocentric Perspective
9. Conclusions
Man’s Being
Man’s Doing
Communities of Moral Discourse
A Code: God Will Be God

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