Social Ethics

Virgin and the Dynamo: Use and Abuse of Religion in Environmental Debates

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$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

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$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
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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

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$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

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$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: 
2001-10-01
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Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion

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$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: 1) samesex couples, to convey the need to re-examine sexual and relational ethics; 2) transgendered persons, to illustrate the importance of radical inclusivity; 3) 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/or the inner city.
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9780829816389
Publication Date: 
2005-06-01
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Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Polic

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$24.99
Tackling one of the most volatile issues in contemporary politics, Martin Gilens's work punctures myths and misconceptions about welfare policy, public opinion, and the role of the media in both. Why Americans Hate Welfare shows that the public's views on welfare are a complex mixture of cynicism and compassion; misinformed and racially charged, they nevertheless reflect both a distrust of welfare recipients and a desire to do more to help the "deserving" poor.

"With one out of five children currently living in poverty and more than 100,000 families with children now homeless, Gilens's book is must reading if you want to understand how the mainstream media have helped justify, and even produce, this state of affairs." --Susan Douglas, The Progressive
"Gilens's well-written and logically developed argument deserves to be taken seriously." --Choice

"A provocative analysis of American attitudes towards 'welfare.'. . . [Gilens] shows how racial stereotypes, not white self-interest or anti-statism, lie at the root of opposition to welfare programs." -Library Journal

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9780226293646
Publication Date: 
1999-05-24
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Willing Slaves Of Capital: Spinoza And Marx On Desire

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$27.00
Why do people work for other people? This seemingly naïve question is at the heart of Lordon's argument. To complement Marx's partial answers, especially in the face of the disconcerting spectacle of the engaged, enthusiastic employee, Lordon brings to bear a "Spinozist anthropology" that reveals the fundamental role of affects and passions in the employment relationship, reconceptualizing capitalist exploitation as the capture and remolding of desire. A thoroughly materialist reading of Spinoza's Ethics allows Lordon to debunk all notions of individual autonomy and self-determination while simultaneously saving the ideas of political freedom and liberation from capitalist exploitation. Willing Slaves of Capital is a bold proposal to rethink capitalism and its transcendence on the basis of the contemporary experience of work.
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9781781681602
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2014-06-03
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Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World

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$18.00
The rapidly deteriorating situation in Israel/Palestine has dashed hopes of any imminent peace or even accommodation between the Israeli people and the Palestinian people. A leader in Palestinian Christianity, and an outspoken advocate of nonviolence and of Palestinian rights, Bishop Munib Younan directly addresses this situation and its imperatives. Born of Palestinian refugee parents and raised in Jerusalem, Younan has spent his life pastoring Palestinian Christians and searching for nonviolent solutions in this complex and volatile religious and political scene. In this volume, Younan presents first the historical and social context of the Palestinian situation, beginning with the not-well-known story of Arab Christianity and his own background. He elaborates his own theology of nonviolence, centered in the idea of martyria-heeding a call to justice, inclusion, and forgiveness. He illustrates the notion with dramatic and often tragic episodes and shows how it can address key issues in the current struggle with Israel over statehood, land, and refugees. Younan's model of Christian nonviolence also has demonstrable benefits in addressing terrorism, interreligious strife, and global peacemaking. Younan's is a voice all Christians of conscience should hear.
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9780800635985
Publication Date: 
2003-06-01
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Work and Spirit: A Reader of New Spiritual Paradigms for Organizations

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$24.95
Book by Biberman, Jerry
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9780940866898
Publication Date: 
2005-04-30
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Working With Purpose: Finding A Corporate Calling For You And Your Business

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$16.99
Business as usual isn't working anymore. After the latest round of corporate scandals, little doubt remains that values and ethics must be at the heart of business decisions. Working with Purpose gives clear direction for using faith as a legitimate source for values and ethics in a secular workplace. Through discussion of the authors' examples, analysis, and personal and business applications, Christians in business will learn to identify their own personal and corporate callings in five key areas: purpose, profits, places and products, people, and our planet.
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9780806651552
Publication Date: 
2004-06-15
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