Social Ethics

Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution

Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution
$24.99
Just a quick look at the news headlines on any given day is a powerful reminder that devastating armed conflicts worldwide are destroying lives and whole communities often in the name of religion. Hidden in the news, if reported on at all, are the brave religious leaders in these zones of violence, working to bring peace and reconciliation to their people. These inspiring men and women offer critical insights and skills for addressing today's most urgent conflicts. But their stories are rarely told. Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution shares the experiences of 16 such remarkable religious peacemakers who have put their lives on the line in conflicts around the world from Israel-Palestine to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sudan, South Africa, El Salvador, Indonesia and beyond. For each of them, religious texts and traditions have served both as a source of inspiration and as a practical resource in resolv ing conflict. These grassroots peacemakers are powerful, but underutilized actors for resolving some of the world's most horrifying conflicts. As such, this book contains timely information for diplomats, government officials, and resolution practitioners, as well as today's students of religion and international affairs, our future peacemakers. And in a world where religion-based conflict affects us all, this book provides critical lessons and much-needed hope for each of us.
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9780521618946
Publication Date: 
2006-12-01
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Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor

Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor
$14.00
In a culture built on consumption--especially of food--it is easy to forget the poor that Jesus cared so much about. Following the pattern of his successful "Advent Conspiracy," Chris Seay invites readers on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus that will change their lives forever.
He challenges readers to eat like the poor for forty days in solidarity with a much-neglected group of people, and to donate the money they save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways. But he doesn't expect them to go it alone. "A Place at the Table" includes a short chapter for each of those forty days with Scripture, reflections, prayers, encouragement, and tips for engaging the whole family in the process. The six-session DVD, shot in such locations as the Holy Land, Haiti, and Ecuador, will help small groups and entire churches go on a passionate journey of radical faith, personal action, solidarity with the poor, and extravagant grace.
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9780801014512
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2012-01-15
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Portable Sixties Reader

Portable Sixties Reader
$21.00
From civil rights to free love, JFK to LSD, Woodstock to the Moonwalk, the Sixties was a time of change, political unrest, and radical experiments in the arts, sexuality, and personal identity. In this anthology of more than one hundred selections of essays, poetry, and fiction by some of America's most gifted writers, Ann Charters sketches the unfolding of this most turbulent decade.

The Portable Sixties Reader is organized into thematic chapters, from the Civil Rights movement to the Anti-Vietnam movement, the Free Speech movement, the Counterculture movement, drugs and the movement into Inner Space, the Beats and other fringe literary movements, the Black Arts movement, the Women's movement, and the Environmental movement. The concluding chapter, "Elegies for the Sixties," offers tributes to ten figures whose lives--and deaths--captured the spirit of the decade.

Contributors include:

Edward Abbey, Sherman Alexie, James Baldwin, Richard Brautigan, Lenny Bruce, Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Rachel Carson, Carlos Castenada, Bob Dylan, Betty Friedan, Nikki Giovanni, Michael Herr, Abbie Hoffman, Robert Hunter, Ken Kesey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Timothy Leary, Denise Levertov, Norman Mailer, Malcolm X, Country Joe McDonald, Kate Millet, Tim O'Brien, Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, Gloria Steinem, Hunter S. Thompson, Calvin Trillin, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty and more.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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9780142001943
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2002-12-31
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Redemption of Love, The: Rescuing Marriage and Sexuality from the Economics of a Fallen World

Redemption of Love, The: Rescuing Marriage and Sexuality from the Economics of a Fallen World
$24.99
Competing answers to dilemmas involving love, sex, marriage, and family scream to us from nearly everywhere. The Redemption of Love reveals what the Bible has to say about these issues by applying the growing economic study of religion.

Using Genesis, Jesus, Paul, and the Song of Songs, Carrie Miles outlines a consistent description of biblical love throughout Scripture, asserting that it is the only effective solution in today's battle to save marriage and family. This book is a valuable tool for clergy and laypeople.

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9781587431500
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2006-04-01
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Reordering Nature: Theology, Society, and the New Genetics

Reordering Nature: Theology, Society, and the New Genetics
$29.95

In this book experts in the environment, theology and science argue that the challenge posed to society by biotechnology lies not only in terms of risk/benefit analysis of individual genetic technologies and interventions, but also has implications for the way we think about human identity and our relationship to the natural world. Such a profound--they would suggest religious--challenge requires a response that is genuinely interdisciplinary in nature, a conversation that draws as much on expertise in theology and philosophy as on the natural sciences and risk assessment techniques. They argue that an adequate response must also be sociologically informed in at least two ways. First it must draw on contemporary sociological insights about contemporary cultural change, the complex role of expert knowledge in modern complex society and the specific social dynamics of contemporary technological risks. Secondly, it must endeavour to pay sensitive attention to the voice of the lay public in the current controversy over the new genetics. This book attempts to realise such an aim, as a contribution not just to academic scholarship, but also to the public debate about biotechnology and its regulation. Thus the collection includes contributions from scholars in a range of intellectual domains (indeed, many of the chapters themselves draw on more than one discipline in new and challenging ways). The book invites the reader to enter into this conversation in a creative way and come to appreciate more fully the many-sided nature of the debate.

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9780567088789
Publication Date: 
2003-02-01
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Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies, and the Family

Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies, and the Family
$20.00
A challenging look at today's most hotly debated issues in bioethics. Within the high-paced, highly controverted field of bioethics, the most hotly debated issues center on sexuality, reproductive technology, and the family. This new volume from the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity provides a thought-provoking appraisal of the ethical dimension of the reproductive revolution from a Christian perspective. Thirty scholars and medical practitioners discuss some of the most pressing topics related to human reproduction, including: the moral status of embryos; the use of donor eggs and sperm; surrogate motherhood and human cloning; the abortifacient effect of birth control pills.
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9780802847157
Publication Date: 
1999-09-24
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Rescuing Sex from the Christians

Rescuing Sex from the Christians
$19.95

Why has the church over the centuries exhibited a hostile attitude toward sex? Sullivan contends that early Christian theologians failed to understand the mythic character of the Adam and Eve as well as portraying the soul and body as constantly at war with one another. He also examines the controversial subjects of masturbation, homosexuality, adultery, and prostitution and demonstrates how the Christian idea of sexuality has vilified these practices, not always for the good.

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9780826417923
Publication Date: 
2006-03-27
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Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation

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$22.00
Reorienting Christian ethics from its usual anthropocentrism to an ecocentrism entails a new framework that Moe-Lobeda lays out in her first chapters, culminating in a creative rethinking of how it is that we understand morally.
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9781451462678
Publication Date: 
2013-03-01
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Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity

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$16.00
Do you want to make a true difference in the world? Dr. Ron Sider does. He has, since before he first published Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger in 1978. Despite a dramatic reduction in world hunger since then, 34,000 children still die daily of starvation and preventable disease, and 1.3 billion people, worldwide, remain in abject poverty. So, the professor of theology went back to re-examine the issues by twenty-first century standards. Finding that Conservatives blame morally reprehensible individual choices, and Liberals blame constrictive social and economic policy, Dr. Sider finds himself agreeing with both sides. In this new look at an age-old problem, he offers not only a detailed explanation of the causes, but also a comprehensive series of practical solutions, in the hopes that Christians like him will choose to make a difference.
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9780849945304
Publication Date: 
2005-04-10
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Road to Character

Road to Character
$28.00
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - David Brooks challenges us to rebalance the scales between the focus on external success--"résumé virtues"--and our core principles.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST

With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives.

Looking to some of the world's greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause. Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint. Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor, learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender. Civil rights pioneers A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline, the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade.

Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.

"Joy," David Brooks writes, "is a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else. But it comes."

Praise for The Road to Character

"A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story."--The New York Times Book Review

"This profound and eloquent book is written with moral urgency and philosophical elegance."--Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon

"A powerful, haunting book that works its way beneath your skin."--The Guardian

"Original and eye-opening . . . Brooks is a normative version of Malcolm Gladwell, culling from a wide array of scientists and thinkers to weave an idea bigger than the sum of its parts."--USA Today

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9780812993257
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2015-04-14
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Roots for Radicals

Roots for Radicals
$25.95

Roots for Radicals is a distillation of the IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) philosophy and its unique approach to community organizing. The IAF is the oldest and largest institution for community organizing in the United States. For sixty years, its mission has been to train people to take responsibility for solving the problems in their own communities and to renew the interest of citizens in public life. The IAF, now headed by the author, Edward T. Chambers, has taken founder Saul Alinsky's original vision, refined it, and created a sophisticated national network of citizens' organizations. One of the key activities is its 10-day training sessions for community organizers.

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9780826414991
Publication Date: 
2003-07-22
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SECRETS: ON THE ETHICS OF CONCEALMENT & REVELATION

SECRETS: ON THE ETHICS OF CONCEALMENT & REVELATION
$14.95
Shows how the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in our careers or private lives take us to the heart of the critical questions of private and public morality.
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9780679724735
Publication Date: 
1989-12-17
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Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World

Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World
$16.00
In every interaction, every conversation and in every thought, you have a choice - to promote peace or perpetuate violence. International peacemaker, mediator and healer, Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg shows you how the language you use is the key to enriching life. Take the first step to reduce violence, heal pain, resolve conflicts and spread peace on our planet - by developing an internal consciousness of peace rooted in the language you use each day.

Speak Peace is filled with inspiring stories, lessons and ideas drawn from over 40 years of mediating conflicts and healing relationships in some of the most war torn, impoverished, and violent corners of the world. Speak Peace offers insight, practical skills, and powerful tools that will profoundly change your relationships and the course of your life for the better.

Bestselling author of the internationally acclaimed, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Discover how you can create an internal consciousness of peace as the first step toward effective personal, professional, and social change. Find complete chapters on the mechanics of Nonviolent Communication, effective conflict resolution, transforming business culture, transforming enemy images, addressing terrorism, transforming authoritarian structures, expressing and receiving gratitude, and social change.

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9781892005175
Publication Date: 
2005-10-01
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SPIRIT ETHICS: SCRIPTURE & THE MORAL LIF E

SPIRIT ETHICS: SCRIPTURE & THE MORAL LIF E
$17.00
How can Christians responsibly derive moral guidance from the Bible on pressing issues of personal and social morality today? Jersild's book sets the context for a study of Scripture and the moral life in a postmodern, pluralist society with its impact on biblical studies. The ethical contents and authority of Scripture are addressed, and a "Spirit ethics" is proposed as a way of developing a biblically based Christian ethics. Christians cannot simply adopt a once-and-for-all set of rules nor simply cite Bible verses against the latest sins. "Absolutely essential," says Jersild, "is the ongoing engagement of the church with the moral environment of society and the issues that this raises for the church." Jersild applies his model fruitfully and persuasively to three pressing and perplexing issues: assisted suicide, homosexuality, and genetic programs.
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9780800632328
Publication Date: 
2000-01-01
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Stubborn Hope: Religion, Politics, and Revolution in Central America

Stubborn Hope: Religion, Politics, and Revolution in Central America
$13.95
Chronicling more than a decade of war, revolution and social change, Phillip Berryman offers an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of the interplay between religion and politics in Central America. Concentrating on Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, Berryman shows how each country has become the setting for a profound drama of faith and oppression, revolution and entrenchment.
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9781565841376
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1995-08-01
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Terrible Love of War

Terrible Love of War
$15.00
War is a timeless force in the human imagination--and, indeed, in daily life. Engaged in the activity of destruction, its soldiers and its victims discover a paradoxical yet profound sense of existing, of being human. In A Terrible Love of War, James Hillman, one of today's most respected psychologists, undertakes a groundbreaking examination of the essence of war, its psychological origins and inhuman behaviors. Utilizing reports from many fronts and times, letters from combatants, analyses by military authorities, classic myths, and writings from great thinkers, including Twain, Tolstoy, Kant, Arendt, Foucault, and Levinas, Hillman's broad sweep and detailed research bring a fundamentally new understanding to humanity's simultaneous attraction and aversion to war. This is a compelling, necessary book in a violent world.
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9780143034926
Publication Date: 
2005-02-22
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Theology of Money

Theology of Money
$27.00
Theology of Money is a philosophical inquiry into the nature and role of money in the contemporary world. Philip Goodchild reveals the significance of money as a dynamic social force by arguing that under its influence, moral evaluation is subordinated to economic valuation, which is essentially abstract and anarchic. His rigorous inquiry opens into a complex analysis of political economy, encompassing markets and capital, banks and the state, class divisions, accounting practices, and the ecological crisis awaiting capitalism.

Engaging with Christian theology and the thought of Carl Schmitt, Georg Simmel, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, and many others, Goodchild develops a theology of money based on four contentions, which he elaborates in depth. First, money has no intrinsic value; it is a promise of value, a crystallization of future hopes. Second, money is the supreme value in contemporary society. Third, the value of assets measured by money is always future-oriented, dependent on expectations about how much might be obtained for those assets at a later date. Since this value, when realized, will again depend on future expectations, the future is forever deferred. Financial value is essentially a degree of hope, expectation, trust, or credit. Fourth, money is created as debt, which involves a social obligation to work or make profits to repay the loan. As a system of debts, money imposes an immense and irresistible system of social control on individuals, corporations, and governments, each of whom are threatened by economic failure if they refuse their obligations to the money system. This system of debt has progressively tightened its hold on all sectors and regions of global society. With Theology of Money, Goodchild aims to make conscious our collective faith and its dire implications.

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9780822344506
Publication Date: 
2009-08-01
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To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility

To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility
$15.00
One of the most respected religious thinkers of our time makes an impassioned plea for the return of religion to its true purpose--as a partnership with God in the work of ethical and moral living.

What are our duties to others, to society, and to humanity? How do we live a meaningful life in an age of global uncertainty and instability? In To Heal a Fractured World, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offers answers to these questions by looking at the ethics of responsibility. In his signature plainspoken, accessible style, Rabbi Sacks shares with us traditional interpretations of the Bible, Jewish law, and theology, as well as the works of philosophers and ethicists from other cultures, to examine what constitutes morality and moral behavior. "We are here to make a difference," he writes, "a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion." He argues that in today's religious and political climate, it is more important than ever to return to the essential understanding that "it is by our deeds that we express our faith and make it real in the lives of others and the world."

To Heal a Fractured World--inspirational and instructive, timely and timeless--will resonate with people of all faiths.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780805211962
Publication Date: 
2007-02-06
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Value of Life

Value of Life
$16.95
"The Value of Life" is an exploration of the actual and perceived importance of biological diversity for human beings and society. Stephen R. Kellert identifies ten basic values, which he describes as biologically based, inherent human tendencies that are greatly influenced and moderated by culture, learning, and experience. Drawing on 20 years of original research, he considers: the universal basis for how humans value nature differences in those values by gender, age, ethnicity, occupation, and geographic location how environment-related activities affect values variation in values relating to different species how vlaues vary across cultures policy and management implications Throughout the book, Kellert argues that the preservation of biodiversity is fundamentally linked to human well-being in the largest sense as he illustrates the importance of biological diversity to the human sociocultural and psychological condition.
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9781559633185
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1997-03-01
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Virgin and the Dynamo: Use and Abuse of Religion in Environmental Debates

Virgin and the Dynamo: Use and Abuse of Religion in Environmental Debates
$25.00
Advances in science and technology have raised new ethical questions for religious people regarding ecological stewardship. In this work Robert Royal looks critically at the misuse of religious discourse in the environmental debate and offers suggestions for how religious values can be more carefully employed to inspire sound ecological practices.
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9780802844682
Publication Date: 
1999-03-01
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Wealth or Health of Nations: Transforming Capitalism from Within

Wealth or Health of Nations: Transforming Capitalism from Within
$13.95
Corporate restructuring, pay inequities, and an emerging class system separating the haves from the have-nots. Why has Western society become so focused on money?

Carol Johnston answers this question by returning to the headwaters of Western economic thinking. In Adam Smith's Nature and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776), growth in the production of goods -- any goods -- became the goal of capitalism, and the self-interested choice of individuals in the marketplace became its powerful engine. An invisible hand, Smith asserted, would connect self-interest with concern for the preservation of communities and nations. But as loggers square off against spotted owls and developers plow over unearthed artifacts, questions resonate: Has that invisible hand disappeared? Has creative self-interest become destructive self-indulgence?

"The Wealth Or Health Of Nations" examines in detail the value assumptions of this royal road in Western economic theory, from Smith and John Stuart Mill to John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman. At each turn, Johnston reports what the economist contributed and what opportunities were missed as the theory got narrower and narrower, until only the decisions of individuals in the market were the center of economics, and money became the only reality. She then offers a proposal for transforming the focus of capitalism from wealth to community and national health.

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9780829812473
Publication Date: 
1998-06-01
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Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques

$22.00
A strong and timely response to the present public controversy over welfare reform, these chapters draw from feminist ethics, informed by radical readings of Christian or related religious traditions, to assert that the focus of welfare policy must be shifted to women's well-being.
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9780829813050
Publication Date: 
1999-11-27
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When Killing Is Wrong: Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Courts

When Killing Is Wrong: Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Courts
$12.00
Offers insightful analysis of the moral reasonings employed in the physician-assisted suicide debate, and identifies the harmful consequences that would result by its practice.
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9780829814170
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2001-03-01
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When War is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking

When War is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking
$22.00
Can a war really be considered just? If so, which wars, and under what circumstances? If not, why not? When War is Unjust provides a systematic exploration of these questions for students of ethics, Christian doctrine, and history. For centuries the just war tradition has been the dominant framework for Christian thinking about organized conflict. This tradition sets a number of specific conditions which must be satisfied before a particular war can termed just and therefore supportable by the faithful Christians. John Howard Yoder, himself a pacifist, approaches the just war theory on its own terms. His purpose: to introduce the student to this just-war tradition, and to offer a critical framework for evaluating its tenets and applying them to real conflicts. When War is Unjust takes the just war tradition seriously, and holds its proponents accountable in a critical debate about when - if ever - war can be justified. It is a readable and thought-provoking primer on the history, criteria, and application of just war teaching in Christian churches.
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9781579107819
Publication Date: 
2001-10-10
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Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion

Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion
$23.00
In Where the Edge Gathers, Flunder uses examples of persons most marginalized by church and society to illustrate the use of village ethics--knowing where the boundaries are when all things are exposed--and village theology--giving everyone a seat at the central meeting place or welcome table. She focuses on the following marginalized groups: same-sex couples, to convey the need to re-examine sexual and relational ethics; transgendered persons, to illustrate the importance of radical inclusivity; and gay persons living with AIDS, to emphasize the need to de-stigmatize society's view of any group of people. The book, which combines both Flunder's personal experiences with marginalized people and theological and pastoral literature on the topic, will appeal to denominational leaders and clergy who minister to the marginalized and the inner city.
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9780829816389
Publication Date: 
2005-06-01
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