Doing Right and Being Good: Catholic and Protestant Readings in Christian Ethics
David Oki Ahearn, Peter R. Gathje
Liturgical Press, 2005 - Religion - 288 pages
Continuing the unbroken conversation on ethics that has endured across the Christian generations, David Oki Ahearn and Peter R. Gathje present Doing Right and Being Good. For Ahearn and Gathje, ethics is the critical reflection on morality, focusing on our beliefs, our practices, our held values. In addition to the book?s wide-reaching selected readings, Ahearn and Gathje offer introductions to each chapter which provide extensive overviews and establish contexts for moral issues over which sincere Christians differ. The authors examine two broad understandings of ethics: that of doing right (understanding the difference between right and wrong) and being good (specific personal traits). Acknowledging a shared history between Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions, this book takes both historical and ecumenical approaches to ethics.Engaging, and informational, Doing Right and Being Good aims at providing constructive reflection and dialogue to all readers, regardless of background. Chapters are: ?The Moral Person,? ?Sources of Christian Ethics,? ?Interpretations of Love and Justice,? ?Marriage, Family, and Sexuality,? ?Political Life and the Problem of Violence,? ?Stewardship: Work, Property, and the Environment,? ?Christian Love at the Margins of Life.??. . . an excellent primer for Christian ethics.? Catholic Studies An Online Journal?Views on ethics cannot be considered light reading, but the editors of this work have employed design and language that bring the issues into clear focus.? Carol Blank Writing Works Columbia, Maryland?An excellent anthology for ethics students that draws together diverse, illuminating, and engaging readings from many strands of the Christian tradition. Ahearn and Gathje provide valuable background commentary to situate the various arguments and substantive excerpts.? Christine D. Pohl Professor of Christian Social Ethics Asbury Theological Seminary?By skillful use of excerpts from many excellent sources, the authors help us to penetrate and appreciate a wide range of both Catholic and Protestant approaches to ethical reasoning. In a most insightful and engaging way, this volume leads students of Christian ethics through the contours of this complex field. I expect instructors of ethics courses at all levels to make good use of this valuable resource for years to come.? Thomas Massaro, S.J?Highly recommended especially for religious studies students focusing on Christian Ethics.? The Midwest Book Review"This volume is an excellent tool for learning about the commonalities and distinctions between traditionally Roman Catholic and Protestant approaches to Christian ethics." Catholic Library World
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Page 186 - An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality.
Page 94 - For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
Page 185 - Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.
Page 83 - But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of The Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, Even as your Father is merciful.
Page 96 - Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Page 25 - And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Page 185 - I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say wait. But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick...