Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective, Volume 2: Ethics and Theology

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University of Chicago Press, 1992 - Religion - 338 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Theocentric Ethics in Profile
2
Benchmarks from Theology
26
Karl Earth
28
Thomas Aquinas
44
Karl Rahner
66
Paul Ramsey
86
Benchmarks from Moral Philosophy
98
Utilitarianism
102
An Interpretation of Suicide
200
Response from a Theocentric Perspective
209
Population and Nutrition
220
Religious and Theological Reflections
221
Some Variables
224
Some Ethical Approaches
230
The Approach from Theocentric Ethics
237
Allocation of Biomedical Research Funding
254

Kant
118
A Brief Transition
144
Marriage and Family
154
An Interpretation
158
Our Being in Marriage and Family
166
Our Doing in Marriage and Family
171
Schools for Piety and Morality
175
Marriage Family and Social Ethics
176
The Religious and Moral Wisdom of the Marriage Service
179
Suicide
188
Arguments from the Literature Karl Barth
189
Some Social Analysis
257
Types of Criteria
261
Reflections from a Theocentric Perspective
274
Conclusions
280
Mans Being
281
Mans Doing
294
Communities of Moral Discourse
318
God Will Be God
321
Index
325
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About the author (1992)

James M. Gustafson is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Humanities and Comparative Studies at Emory University. His other books include Can Ethics Be Christian? and Protestant and Roman Catholic Ethics, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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