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 Gutiérrez, 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.
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