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Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context [ KINGDOM ETHICS: FOLLOWING JESUS IN CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT ] by Stassen, Glen Harold (Author) Jan-17-2003 [ Hardcover ] Unknown Binding – 17 Jan 2003

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  • Publisher: IVP Academic (17 Jan. 2003)
  • ASIN: B007NBT4V0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Stassen and Gushee's `Kingdom Ethics' is a powerfully incisive study with a strongly conservative and evangelical point of view. While it represents a massive scholarly enterprise, Stassen and Gushee still manage to write in a clear, comfortable and informal way: that alone marks this title as a remarkable achievement.

A quick search for this title on Amazon US (.com) will reveal a number of alternative reviews, as well as Amazon's excellent `Search inside' feature. The authors have chosen to view Christian ethics quite specifically through Jesus teachings as recorded in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), although that is very much seen in conjunction with Jesus emphasis on the Old Testament - especially Isaiah - as well as the rest of the Gospels, and some of Paul's teachings.

This focus on the Sermon on the Mount makes for a very original and interesting approach, and the authors' handle many difficult topics with common sense coupled great sensitivity (often from their own personal experience - including divorce, abortion, gender bias, etc.).

My criticisms would include nit-picky things like inconsistent formatting: occasional bold, inset text or shaded text boxes seem superfluous (if not inexplicable) and the frequent use of italics is certainly superfluous. I got impatient on a couple of occasions when I felt the premise was proved but the authors kept labouring away, and I also found one or two parts felt more like an Americanised, self-help book; for instance chapter 22 on prayer.

In the end though, this is a fine book on Christian ethics, even with my nit-picky criticisms. Stassen and Gushee address the most difficult issues of the modern world even if in some areas - like politics - I found less help here than I had hoped.
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