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