Section 3: Readings in Moral & Ethical Theory

 

SOME STARTERS (more forthcoming):

Budziszewski, J. Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law. Downers Grove. IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

Jones, D. C.
Biblical Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1994.


McIntyre, Alisdair. After Virtue (2nd Edition). South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984.


Rae, S. B. Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.

A very good introduction that explains and defends the reason for studying academic ethics for the benefit of gaining insights into Christian ethics.  It does a good job of communicating parts of the received tradition, what systems of ethics look like, moral reasoning categories and developing a blend of arataic (being) and principled (action oriented or doing) Christian biblical ethics for personal and social ethics.

Wilkens, S.
Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995


READINGS IN MORAL & ETHICAL THEORY:

Bonhoeffer, D. Ethics. (Smith, Neveill Horton, Translators). New York: Macmillan, 1965.

Feinberg, J.S. & Feinberg, P.D.
Ethics for A Brave New World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1993.

Finnis, J.
Natural Law and Natural Rights. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980.

Hauervas, Stanley. “
On Keeping Theological Ethics Theological”, in S. Hauerwas & A MacIntyre (Eds.), Revisions: Changing Perspective in Moral Philosophy, (pp 16042) Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.

Lewis, C. S.
The Abolition of Man: How Education Develops Man’s Sense of Morality. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1947.

Meilaender, G. C.
The Theory and Practice of Virtue. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984.

________.
Faith and Faithfulness: Basic Themes in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991.

Mitchell, B.
Law, Morality, and Religion in a Secular Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.

Mott, S. C.
Biblical Ethics and Social Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Niebuhr, R.
The Nature and Destiny of Man: I. Human Nature. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1941.

O’Donovan, O.
Resurrection and Moral Order. 2nd edition. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1986.

Ramsey, P.
Basic Christian Ethics. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1950.

Wright, C. J. H.
An Eye for an Eye: The Place of Old Testament Ethics Today. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1983.

Yoder, J. H.
The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1972.

OTHER SELECTED BOOKS & ARTICLES

Adney, B. T.,
Strange Virtues: Ethics in a Multicultural World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.

Anderson, J. N. D.
Morality, Law and Grace. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 1972.

Anderson, J.K.,
Genetic Engineering. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1982.

Atkinson, D. J., Field, D. F, Holmes, A. & O’Donovan, O. (Eds.).
New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology. Downers Grove, Il: InterVarsity Press, 1995.

Bainton, R. H.
Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace: A Historical Survey and Critical Re-evaluation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1960.

Barclay, W.
The Ten Commandments for Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1973.

Bartley, W. W. I.
Morality and Religion. London: Macmillan, 1971.

Beach, W., & Neibuhr, H. R. (Eds.).
Christian Ethics: Sources of the Living Tradition. New York: Ronald Press Company, 1955.

Becker. L. C., & Becker, C. B. (Eds.)
A History of Western Ethics. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.

Beckwith, F. J. & Geisler, N. L.
Matters of Life and Death: Calm Answers to Tough Questions About Abortion and Euthanasia. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991.

Beckwith, F. J.
Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993.

Birch, B. C.
Let Justice Roll Down: The Old Testament, Ethics, and the Christian Life. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991.

Bloesch, D. G.
Freedom for Obedience: Evangelical Ethics in Contemporary Times. San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row Publishers, 1987.

Bonhoeffer, D.
Ethics. (Smith, Neveill Horton, Translators). New York: Macmillan, 1965.

Bourke, V. J.
History of Ethics. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company. 1968.

Cassirer, H. W.
Grace and Law: St. Paul, Kant and the Hebrew Prophets. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1988.

Cessario, R. OP.
The Moral Virtues and Theological Ethics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991.

Chamberlain,P.
Can We Be Good Without God? A Conversation About Truth, Morality, Culture and a Few Other Things That Matter. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 1996.

Chilton, B., & McDonald, J. I. H.
Jesus and the Ethics of the Kingdom. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1987.

Clapp, R.
A Peculiar People: The Church as Culture in a Post-Christian Society. Downers Grove, IL.: InterVarsity Press, 1996.

Clark, D. K., & Rakestraw, R. V. (Eds.).
Readings in Christian Ethics, Volume 1 Theory and Method. (Vol.1) Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1994.

________.
Readings in Christian Ethics, Volume 2: Issues and Applications. (Vol.2) Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1996.

Cotham, P.C. (Ed.).
Christian Social Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1979.

Cronin, K.
Rights and Christian Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Curran, C. E.
Themes in Fundamental Moral Theology. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1977.

________ & McCormick, R.A. SJ (Eds.)
Natural Law and Theology. New York: Paulist Press, 1991.

Demarco, D.
The Heart of Virtue: Lessons from Life and Literature Illustrating the Beauty and Value of Moral Character. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1995.

Donagan, A.
The Theory of Morality. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1977.

Dwyer, J. C.
Human Sexuality: A Christian View. Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward, 1987.

Edwards, J.
The Nature of True Virtue. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1966.

________.
Charity and its Fruits: Christian Love as Manifested in the Heart and Life. Ediburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1991.

________.
The Religious Affections. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994.

Elias, J. L.
Moral Education: Secular and Religious. Malabar, FL: Robert F. Krieger Publishing Company, 1989.

Elliot, T. S.
The Idea of a Christian Society. London: Faber and Faber, 1939.

Ellul, J.
The Theological Foundation of Law: A Radical Critique of Natural Law (Wiesner, Marguerite, Trans.) London: SCM Press, 1960.

________.
The Ethics of Freedom (Bromiley, Geoffrey W., Trans.). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1976.

Fairlie, H.
The Seven Deadly Sins Today. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1979.

Farley, B.W.
In Praise of Virtue: An Exploration of the Biblical Virtues in a Christian Context. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1995.

Feinberg, J.S. & Feinberg, P.D.
Ethics for A Brave New World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1993.

Ferguson, J.
War and Peace in the World’s Religions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Finnis, J.
Natural Law and Natural Rights. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980.

________.
Fundamentals of Ethics. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press, 1983.

________.
Moral Absolutes: Tradition, Revision, and Truth. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1991.

Forell, G. W.
Ethics of Decision: An Introduction to Christian Ethics. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1955.

________.
Christian Social Teachings. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1966.

Frame, J. M.
Medical Ethics: Principles, Persons, and Problems. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1988.

Gallagher, J. A.
Time Past, Time Future: An Historical Study of Catholic Moral Theology. New York: Paulist Press, 1990.

Gamwell, F.
The Divine Good: Modern Moral Theory and the Necessity of God. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1990.

Garber, S.
The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior During the University Years. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.

Garcia. J. L. A.
Love and Absolutes in Christian Ethics. In T.P. Flint (Ed.), Christian Philosophy, (pp 162-199). Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990.

Gardner,E. C.
Justice and Christian Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Geisler, N. L.
Christian Ethics: Options and Issues. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989.

Green, R. M.
Religious Reason: The Rational and Moral Basis of Religious Belief. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Grenz, S.J.
Sexual Ethics: An Evangelical Perspective. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1990.

________.
The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

Griesez, G., & Shaw, R.
Beyond the New Morality: The Responsibilities of Freedom. (3rd ed.). Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1988.

Guroian, V.
Ethics After Christendom: Toward an Ecclesial Christian Ethic. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1994.

Gustafson, J. M.
Christ and the Moral Life. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1968.

________. & Laney, J. T. (Eds.).
On Being Responsible: Issues in Personal Ethics. New York: Harper and Row, 1968

Hare, J. E.
The Moral Gap: Kantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God’s Assistance. Oxford: Charendon Press, 1996.

Hauerwas, S.
Vision and Virtue: Essays in Christian Ethical Reflection. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981.

________.
A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981.

________ & MacIntyre, A (Eds.).
Revisions: Changing Perspectives in Moral Philosophy. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.

_________.
On Keeping Theological Ethics Theological. In S. Hauerwas & A MacIntyre (Eds.), Revisions: Changing Perspective in Moral Philosophy, (pp 16-42). Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.

________.
The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.

________.
Character and the Christian Life: A Study in Theological Ethics. San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 1985.

________ & Willimon, W.H.
Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. Nashville, TN: Abingdom Press, 1989.

________.
After Christendom? How the Church is to Behave if Freedom, Justice, and a Christian Nation are Bad Ideas. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1991.

________ & Pinches,C.
Christians Among the Virtues: Theological Conversations with Ancient and Modern Ethics. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.

Hays, R. B.
The Moral Vision of the New Testament. San Francisco, CA: Harper Collins, 1996.

Helm, P. (Ed.)
Divine Commands and Morality. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Henson, H. H.
Christian Morality: Natural, Developing, Final. Oxford: Clarendon, 1936.

Hittinger, R.
A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1987.

Holmes, A. F. (Ed.)
War and Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975.

________.
Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1984.

________.
Shaping Character: Moral Education in the Christian College. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991.

________.
Fact, Value, and God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1997.

John Paul II.
The Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor): To All the Bishops of the Catholic Church Regarding Certain Fundamental Questions of the Church’s Moral Teaching. Boston: St. Paul’s Books and Media, n.d.

Jones, D. G.
Brave New People. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1984.

________.
Biblical Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1994.

________.
Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1995.

Kaiser, W. C.
Toward Old Testament Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1983.

Kasun, J. T
he War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of Population Control. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988.

Kirkpatrick, W.
Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong: Moral Illiteracy and the Case for Character Education. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.

Kreeft, P.
The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1983.

________.
Back to Virtue. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1992.

Lawhead, A. S.
Doing the Right Thing: Eleven Exercises for Your Ethical Mind.  Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1991.

Layman, C. S.
The Shape of the Good: Christian Reflections on the Foundation of Ethics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991.

Lewis, C. S.
The Abolition of Man: How Education Develops Man’s Sense of Morality. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1947.

Luthardt, C. E.
History of Christian Ethics I: History of Christianity Before the Reformation (Hastie, W., Trans.). Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark, 1889.

Lutzer, E.
The Necessity of Ethical Absolutes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Probe, 1981.

MacIntyre, A..
A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century. New York: Collier Books, 1966.

________.
After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory. (2nd ed.). Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984.

________.
Whose Justice? Which Rationality? Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1988.

________.
Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopedia, Genealogy, and Tradition. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990.

Mahoney, J. SJ.
The Making of Moral Theology: A Study of the Roman Catholic Tradition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987.

Marshall, P.
Thine is the Kingdom: A Biblical Perspective on the Nature of Government and Politics Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1984,

McClendon, J. W. J.
Systematic Theology: Ethics. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1986.

Meilaender, G. C.
The Theory and Practice of Virtue. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984.

________.
Faith and Faithfulness: Basic Themes in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991.

________.
Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1996.


Milbank, J.
Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason. Oxford: Blackwell, 1990.

Mitchell, B.
Law, Morality, and Religion in a Secular Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.

Moberly, E. R.
Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic. Greenwood, SC: Attic Press, 1983.

Montgomery, J. W.
Human Rights and Human Dignity. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan/Probe,1986.

Moreland, J. P. & Geisler, N. L.
The Life and Death Debate: Moral Issues of Our Time. New York: Praeger,1990.

Moreland, J.P & Craig, William Lane.
Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2003. See especially the discussion 393-459.

Mortimer, R. C.
The Elements of Moral Theology. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1947.

Mosley, S. R.
A Tale of Three Virtues: Cures for Colorless Christianity. Sisters, OR: Questar, 1989.

Mott, S. C.
Biblical Ethics and Social Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Mouw, R. J.
Political Evangelism. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1973.

________.
Politics and the Biblical Drama. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976.

________.
When the Kings Come Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1983.

________.
Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

Murray, J.
Principles of Conduct: Aspects of Biblical Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1957.

Neuhaus, R. J. (Ed.).
Virtue—Public and Private. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1986.

________. (Ed.).
Confession, Conflict and Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1986.

________.
Theological Education and Moral Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1992.

Niebuhr, H. R.
Christ and Culture. New York: Harper and Row, 1951.

________.
Moral Man and Immoral Society. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1932.

________.
The Nature and Destiny of Man: I. Human Nature. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1941.

________.
The Nature and Destiny of Man: II. Human Destiny. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1943.

________.
An Interpretation of Christian Ethics. New York: Meridian Books, 1956.

Nygren, A.
Agape and Eros (Watson, Philip S., Trans.). London: SPCK, 1953.

O’Donovan, O.
Begotten or Made? Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984.

________.
Resurrection and Moral Order. 2nd edition. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1986.

________.
Peace and Certainty: A Theological Essay on Deterrence. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1989.

O’Keefe, M. D. SJ.
Known From the Things That Are: Fundamental Theory of the Moral Life. Houston: Center for Thomistic Studies, 1987.

Outka, G. H. & Ramsey, P. (Eds.).
Norm and Context in Christian Ethics. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1968.

________. & Reeder, J. P. J. (Eds.).
Prospects for a Common Morality. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Pannenberg, W.
Ethics. (Crim, Keith, Trans.). Philadelphia: Westminster, 1981.

Payne, L.
The Healing of the Homosexual (Ethics--Christian Homosexuality, Trans.). Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1984.

Porter, J.
The Recovery of Virtue: The Relevance of Aquinas for Christian Ethics. London: SPCK, 1990.

________.
Moral Action and Christian Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Purtill, R. L.
Thinking About Ethics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1976.

Quinn, P. L.
Divine Commands and Moral Requirements. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978

Rae, S. B.
Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.

________. & Wong, K. L. (Eds.).
Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.

Ramm, B. L.
The Right, the Good, and the Happy. Waco, TX: Word, 1971.

Ramsey, P.
Basic Christian Ethics. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1950.

Ramsey, I. T. (Ed.).
Christian Ethics and Contemporary Philosophy. London: SCM Press, 1966.

Ramsey, P.
Deeds and Rules in Christian Ethics. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1967.

Rashdall, H.
Conscience and Christ: Six Lectures on Christian Ethics. London: Duckworth, 1916.

Roberts, R. C. Emotions Among the Virtues of the Christian Life.
Journal of Religious Ethics, 20, 37-68, 1992.

________.
Taking the Word to Heart: Self and Other in an Age of Therapies. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1993.

Rudnick, M. L.
Christian Ethics for Today: An Evangelical Approach. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1979.

Satinover, J. M. D.
Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1996.

Schmidt, T. E.
Straight and Narrow? Compassion and Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.

Sigmund, P. E. (Ed.).
St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Co., 1988.

Sine. T.
Cease Fire: Searching for Sanity in America’s Culture Wars. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1995.

Smedes, L. B.
Love Within Limits: A Realist’s View of I Corinthians 13. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1978.

_________.
Mere Morality: What God Expects From Ordinary People. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1983.

________.
Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve. New York: Pocket Books, 1984.

Stob, H.
Ethical Reflections: Essays on Moral Themes. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1978.

Stott, J.
Involvement: Being a Responsible Christian in a Non-Christian Society. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, 1984.

Taylor, C.
Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Thielicke, H.
Theological Ethics: Foundations. (Vol. 1). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1966.

Tillich, P. Love,
Power, and Justice: Ontological Analyses and Ethical Applications. New York: Oxford University Press, 1960.

Wadell, P. J. CP.
The Primacy of Love: An Introduction to the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas. New York: Paulist Press, 1992.

Weigel, G.
Peace and Freedom: Christian Faith, Democracy and the Problem of War. Washington, DC: Institute on Religion and Democracy, 1987.

Wennberg, R. N.
Life in the Balance: Exploring the Abortion Controversy. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1985.

________.
Terminal Choices: Euthanasia, Suicide, and the Right to Die. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1989.

Wogaman, J. P.
A Christian Method of Moral Judgment. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1976.

Wolterstorff, N.
Until Justice and Peace Embrace. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1983.

Wozniak, K. W. M.
Ethics in the Thought of Edward John Carnell. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983.

Wright, C. J. H.
An Eye for an Eye: The Place of Old Testament Ethics Today. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1983.

________.
Walking in the Ways of the Lord: The Ethical Authority of the Old Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.

Yoder, J. H.
The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 1972.

________. (Ed.).
What Would You Do? A Serious Answer to a Standard Question. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1983.


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