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Ethics in the Community of Promise: Faith, Formation, and Decision, Second Edition

Ethics in the Community of Promise: Faith, Formation, and Decision, Second Edition

In this excellent and accessible introduction, now in a second edition, Childs helpfully articulates the shared features of Christian faith and shows how that communal commitment forms our values, character, virtues, and "eagerness to do what is right." Who we are informs what we choose. This dynamic, dialogical basis for ethics is an open framework. Childs applies it to a host of tough, real-life dilemmas such as affirmative action, end-of-life decisions, medical ethics, truth telling, environmental justice, and war-making.

Previously published by Fortress Press in 1992 as Faith, Formation, and Decision, the new edition updates discussions throughout, adds numerous cases and illustrations, adds questions for discussion and items for further reading, and contains a new section on courage.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800637972
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date July 31, 2006


"In this luminous and wonderfully readable discussion of Christian ethics in our complex, pluralistic, and 'post-modern' culture, James Childs combines theological sagacity and practical, moral wisdom in a unique and evocative way. Professor Childs' profound appreciation for the Protestant heritage and his engaged involvement in the struggles of the contemporary church have enabled him to produce a work that will be of immense help to congregations, pastors, and students of theology seeking ways into the future beyond today's religious conflicts and moral confusions."
– Douglas John Hall, C.M., Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus, McGill University, Montreal, and author of Bound and Free: A Theologian's Journey

"James Childs has served in the trenches of the church's ethical debate. The experience both deepened his appreciation for the church as a community of moral deliberation and proved the durability of his own ethical method. Childs presents a dialogical ethics that is scripturally grounded, confessionally sound, and engaged with some of the most difficult ethical issues of the day. Ethics in the Community of Promise delivers theology for the church by one of its most committed members/theologians."
– Martha Ellen Stortz, Professor of Historical Theology and Ethics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California