Moral Dilemmas: An Introduction to Christian Ethics

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Religion - 174 pages

How can we make decisions that are consistent with our basic values? We must first, J. Philip Wogaman says, identify basic moral presumptions that can guide our thought as we face moral dilemmas. These basic moral presumptions include equality, grace, the value of human life, the unity of humankind, preferential claims for the poor and marginalized, and the goodness of creation. The burden of proof, he argues, must be borne by decisions that are contrary to such presumptions. He pulls into the conversation difficult ethical issues such as divorce, sexuality, abortion, political choices, economic justice, affirmative action, homosexuality, nuclear disarmament, economic globalization, global warming, international security, environmental policies, and military power. In the process, he provides a smart and helpful guide to Christian ethical behavior.


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Wogaman (Christian ethics, emeritus, Wesley Theological Seminary; Christian Ethics: A Historical Introduction) adds to the academic literature on moral decision making with a brief and accessible work ... Read full review

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J. Philip Wogaman is Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary. He also served as Senior Minister of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Christian Moral Judgment; Christian Perspectives on Politics; Christian Ethics: A Historical Introduction; and From the Eye of the Storm: A Pastor to the President Speaks Out.

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