The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics, By Stanley J. Grenz

The Moral Quest

Foundations of Christian Ethics

by Stanley J. Grenz

The Moral Quest
  • Length: 379 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: November 06, 2000
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1568
  • ISBN: 9780830815685

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Christianity Today Book of the Year

What is ethics? Why should Christians care?

Beginning with these basic questions, Stanley Grenz masterfully leads his readers into a theological engagement with moral inquiry. In The Moral Quest he sets forth the basics of ethics, considers the role and methods of Christian ethics in particular, and examines the ethical approaches of the Old Testament, the Gospels and Paul. He introduces the foundational theological ethics of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Luther and the Reformers. And he concludes with an evenhanded discussion of modern and contemporary Christian ethicists, including Albert Ritschl, Walter Rauschenbusch, Karl Barth, James Gustafson, Paul Ramsey, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr., Gustavo GutiƩrrez, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Stanley Hauerwas, Carl F. H. Henry and Oliver O'Donovan.

Clear, concise, and well apprised of relevant literature, Grenz (a theologian recognized for the excellence of his own theological and ethical work) provides in this book a first-rate introduction to Christian ethics. The Moral Quest will well serve students, pastors and interested laypersons alike.

"The Moral Quest . . . Deserves reading by every Christian leader."

Christian Week, Book Supplement

"This book fills a large gap in the literature on Christian ethics."

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society


Introduction: Christian Ethics in a Transitional Age
1. Christian Ethics the Ethical Task
2. The Greek Ethical Tradition
3. Ethics in the Bible
4. Model Christian Proposals
5. Contemporary Christian Proposals
6. Christian Ethics the Contemporary Context
7. Foundations of a Christian Ethic
8. Comprehensive Love: The Content of the Christian Ethic

Epilogue: The Celebrative Nature of the Christian Ethic



Author Name Index

Subject Index

Scripture Index


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Stanley J. Grenz

Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an MDiv from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a DTheol from the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where he completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg.

Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (2004). His other books include The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei, Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context (with John R. Franke), The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics, A Primer on Postmodernism, Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry (with Denise Muir Kjesbo), Revisioning Evangelical Theology: A Fresh Agenda for the 21st Century, and The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options. He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (with Roger E. Olson), Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (with Jay T. Smith), and Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Christian Scholar's Review, Theology Today, and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.

Visit Stan Grenz's website for more information.