Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics

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Zondervan Academic, Oct 16, 2018 - Religion - 528 pages

With its unique union of theory and application and its well-organized, easy-to-use design, Moral Choices has earned its place as the standard text for college ethics courses. This fourth edition offers extensive updates, revisions, and three brand new chapters all designed to help students develop a sound and current basis for making ethical decisions in today's complex postmodern culture.

Moral Choices outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics while avoiding undue dogmatism. The book also introduces other ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant.

After describing a seven-step procedure for tackling ethical dilemmas, author Scott Rae uses case studies to address some of today's most pressing social issues. He guides students in thinking critically and biblically about issues, including:

  • Abortion
  • Reproductive Technologies
  • Euthanasia
  • Capital Punishment
  • Sexual Ethics
  • The Morality of War
  • Genetic Technologies and Human Cloning
  • Ethics and Economics
  • NEW: Creation Care
  • NEW: Animal Rights
  • NEW: Gun-Control
  • NEW: Race, Gender, and Diversity
  • NEW: Immigration, Refugees, and Border Control


  • Relevant Case Studies throughout
  • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter
  • Sidebars with case studies for discussion
  • Recommended further reading

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This is a comprehensive and relevant study of Ethics in general and Christian Ethics in particular. Dr. Rae has well-documented his material that he has presented with his Evangelical perspective. He addresses the matter and process of dealing with Ethical Dilemmas very well and covers subjects of interest that are being discussed in the 21st century.
Dr. Larry N. Baker,


Why Morality Matters
How to Think About Morality
Christian Ethics
Making Ethical Decisions
Ethics at the Beginning of Life Part 1
Biotechnology Genetics and Human Cloning
Ethical Issues at the End of Life
Sexual Ethics
Creation Care and Environmental Ethics
Ethics and Economics
Violence and Gun Control
Race Gender and Diversity
Immigration Refugees and Border Control
Scripture Index

Capital Punishment
War Violence and Morality

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About the author (2018)

Scott B. Rae (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California.

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