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Ethics Resources

Organizations

Ethics Resource Center – The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose vision is an ethical world.  See also their character development section.

Ethics and Public Policy Center – A non-profit based in DC, EPPC brings a Judeo-Christian moral tradition to public policy and ethic issues both in the US and globally.

Josephson Institute of Ethics – The Ethics of American Youth Study based on a 2002 study reports the moral deterioration of youth from 10 years earlier.

Books

Blackburn, Simon (2001)  Ethics: A very short Introduction, Oxford Univ. Press, 139 p.  This is a small but helpful book (as are all the Oxford Very Short Introductions). In a very intelligent and witty manner, the author considers “seven threats to ethics,” “seven ethical ideas,” and “foundations” for ethics.

Coles, R. The moral life of children.

Coles, R. The political life of children.

Davis, J.J. Evangelical ethics.

Geisler, N.L. (1971). Ethics: Alternatives and issues. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Ingram, David Bruce and Jennifer Parks (2002) Understanding Ethics (The Complete Idiot’s Guide), Alpha, Person Education Company, 362 pp. Those who want to learn, review, or sharpen up will not be put off by the title of this series. As its back cover declares: “You’re no idiot, of course, But at a time when immorality, corruption, and greed seem to be not only condoned by encouraged, it’s increasingly difficult to follow your own moral compass. In a world that stresses material over the spiritual and appearance over substance, we all yearn for guidance.”  So, “Live an ethical life in an unethical world.” Here you’ll find clear outlines and explanations of the history of ethics, its principal theories, its difficult balances and applications to various areas of our lives and society.

MacQuarrie, J. (ed.). (1967). Dictionary of Christian ethics. Philadelphia: Westminster Press.

McCormick, R.A. (1981). Notes on moral theology 1965-1980. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America.

Mott, Stephen. (1982) Biblical Ethics and Social Change, InterVarsity Press, 262 pp. A too little known but foundational work of biblical exegesis in the best of reformed tradition as it works for positive social change. Mott considers change in both individual character and social institutions. He brings important emphases on evil and grace to our discussions and stresses the fact that justice is rooted in love. Here are important considerations: the church as counter-community, the poor and oppressed, civil disobedience, war and political reform.

Singer, Peter and Renata Singer, eds. (2005) The Moral of the Story: An Anthology of Ethics through Literature, Blackwell Publishing, 621 pp. At a time when many disciplines (science, economics, political science, etc.) find it difficult humbly to admit their need of multi-disciplinary assistance, this book reminds us of ethical principles and lessons illustrated in our great philosophic and literary traditions. We will also be reminded of the complexity of ethics in difficult life situations.

Stassen, Glen H. and David Gushee (2003) Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, InterVarsity Press, 496 pp.A very substantial book that brings Jesus and his Sermon on the Mount center stage in our discussions of sexuality and gender roles, marriage and divorce, the environment, politics, war and peace. Stassen is noted for his modifications of traditional principles pacifism in what he calls “active peace making.” Some may find here a diminishing of Old Testament law. In this regard this book and Mott’s (above) may produce a fine balance.

Thielicke, H. (1979). Theological ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Thompson, Mel (2000, 2003) Teach Yourself Ethics, Coventry, England: Hodder and Stoughton Educational, 201 pp.A good introduction to ethical theory. This book will draw your attention to morality and living, freedom of choice, natural law, practical results, experience of moral choice, personal virtue, law and order, global perspectives, religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and religious values generally, application of ethics and where all this has left us.

Wright, Christopher.  (1998) Living as a People of God: The Relevance of Old Testament Ethics. London: InterVarsity Press.

Dean Borgman
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