Book Review Issue|
The Morally Divided Body: Ethical Disagreement and the Disunity of the Church edited by Michael Root and James J. Buckley
Review by Robert Benne
All the authors in this volume agree on the general principle that Christian doctrine and central moral teachings and practices cannot be divided into “first-order” and “second-order” issues. What would one expect of an organization that is aiming at being orthodox, evangelical, and catholic? A majority of the authors take the next step and argue that the Christian doctrine of marriage is one of those central moral teachings that cannot be altered without threatening the unity of the church.
Faith and Human Rights: Christianity and the Global Struggle for Human Dignity by Richard Amesbury and George M. Newlands The God You Have: Politics, Religion, and the First Commandment by Patrick D. Miller
For anyone worried about Christianity’s effect on political engagement, the authors of these two slim volumes have good news. Christianity has ample resources to support proper participation in political life. Although the two books articulate the details of such participation in markedly different ways, both ultimately ask Christians to draw on the rich moral wisdom of their tradition as they move through the perilous world of earthly politics. Scholars who are interested in Christianity’s potential for supporting human rights discourse and the political significance of biblical injunctions to undiluted obedience to God should read these texts. They are appropriate reading for seminary/divinity school students and advanced undergraduates as well.
We Are Who We Think We Were: Christian History and Christian Ethics by Aaron D. Conley
Other Featured Books
Christian Economic Ethics: History and Implications by Daniel K. Finn
Ethics Beyond War's End edited by Eric Patterson