As pre-election rhetoric heats up here in the U.S.A., many of us may find ourselves more than usually aware of matters relating to personal morality — in the lives of our elected politicians, even if not always (necessarily) in our own lives.
In light of this, we’re featuring books on personal ethics this month here and on our website — books ideal for helping readers think deeply about how to cultivate lives of goodness and virtue. Read on to discover three wonderful recent offerings on the subject.
The Moral Disciple: An Introduction to Christian Ethics
Kent A. Van Til
The ability to judge good from bad, right from wrong, is a uniquely human characteristic. However, given the complexity of life, it is often difficult to discern which choice to make, where our responsibilities lie, or what the consequences of an action (or of a nonaction) will be.
In The Moral Disciple Kent Van Til surveys the skills and dispositions that we need to address moral issues responsibly. This basic introduction to Christian ethics highlights the centrality of Christ and the Christian faith in moral formation, and it offers an ethical framework to guide Christians as they engage a host of moral dilemmas, including those surrounding wealth, sexuality, and the end of life. Using easy-to-read prose and defining terms carefully, Van Til provides an accessible introduction to this crucial and practical subject.
Read a guest blog post from Van Til about the book on EerdWord.
Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life
Michael W. Austin and R. Douglas Geivett, editors
In this volume twelve experts in theology and philosophy explore what “being good” looks like on a practical level. Coming from a distinctively Christian perspective, the authors all believe that every Christian should try to embody the moral and intellectual virtues that Christ alone perfectly displayed. Their chapters — on faith, open-mindedness, wisdom, zeal, hope, contentment, courage, love, compassion, forgiveness, and humility — include discussion questions to help readers more fully engage with the subject matter of the book.
Contributors: Michael W. Austin, Jason Baehr, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, R. Douglas Geivett, David A. Horner, William C. Mattison III, Paul K. Moser, Andrew Pinsent, Steve L. Porter, James S. Spiegel, Charles Taliaferro, David R. Turner.
Blessed are the poor in spirit. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. You cannot serve God and mammon. Judge not, that you be not judged.
Though such sayings from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount are very familiar, many people — even many Christians! — struggle to fully understand and follow them. For those who are brave enough to reconsider what Jesus really said and how they can more fully apply Jesus’ teaching to their daily choices and actions, Addison Hodges Hart offers Taking Jesus at His Word.
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