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Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong, 2nd Edition

, 2011
ISBN: 9780830869077
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Ideas have consequences. And sometimes those ideas can be squeezed into slogans, slapped on bumper stickers and tweeted into cyberspace. These compact messages coming at us from all directions often compress in a few words entire ethical systems. It turns out that there's a lot more to the ideas behind these slogans--ideas that need to be sorted out before we make important moral decisions as individuals or as societies.

In this revised and expanded edition of Steve Wilkens's widely-used text, the author has updated his introductions to basic ethical systems:

  • cultural relativism
  • ethical egoism
  • utilitarianism
  • behaviorism
  • situation ethics
  • Kantian ethics
  • virtue ethics
  • natural law ethics
  • divine command theory

He has also added two new chapters:
  • evolutionary ethics
  • narrative ethics

With clarity and wit Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the slogans and offers Christian evaluations of each.

  • Holds ethical theory to be an inescapable part of our world
  • Assumes that some fundamental features of a Christian worldview are valid for evaluating moral bases
  • Employs the usual means of critiquing ethical theory: logical consistency, possibility of universalization, consequences, etc.
  • Bumper Stickers and Ethical Systems
  • When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do: Cultural Relativism
  • Look Out for Number One: Ethical Egoism
  • I Couldn't Help Myself: Behaviorism
  • Survival of the (Ethical) Fittest: Evolutionary Ethics
  • The Greatest Happiness: Utilitarianism
  • It's Your Duty: Kantian Ethics
  • Be Good: Virtue Ethics
  • The Moral of the Story Is . . . : Narrative Ethics
  • All You Need Is Love: Situation Ethics
  • Doing What Comes Naturally: Natural Law Ethics
  • God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It: Divine Command Theory
  • Unraveling the Options
  • Title: Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrong
  • Author: Steve Wilkens
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: IVP USA
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2018
  • Pages: 230
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Ethics; Christian ethics; Philosophy › Ethics & Moral philosophy
  • ISBNs: 9780830869077, 9780830839360
  • Resource ID: LLS:9780830869077
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-08-03T23:21:52Z

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Steve Wilkens, Ph.D. is professor of theology and ethics in the School of Theology. In the past, he has been involved in APU’s Great Works Option program, a living-learning environment that teaches liberal arts academics in the High Sierras, which has allowed him to teach outside of the traditional class setting. He has authored several books including, Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics and Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans and co-authored Christianity and Western Thought: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century, Vol. II.


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