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Discover the sources and traditions of contemporary ethical principles and norms. The Augsburg Fortress Ethics Collection contains nine volumes of diverse contemporary and classical Christian thought. Noted scholars and theologians discuss and deliberate war, sexuality, abortion, globalization, the environment, immigration, politics, science, and other ethical issues.

The collection addresses Bonhoeffer’s and Martin Luther King Jr.’s insights on race, reconciliation, nonviolence, and Christian theological identity and ministry. It illustrates the development of Christian concerns in social ethics, presents Christian ethics through a Catholic lens, and analyzes Christian tradition’s understanding of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity.

With the Logos Bible Software edition of the Augsburg Fortress Ethics Collection, every word is essentially a link, equipping you to search the entire collection for a particular verse or topic—“war,” for example, or “abortion.” This gives you instant access to a wealth of information on historical and contemporary ethical thought.

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Key Features

  • Discusses and deliberates conservative and liberal approaches to ethical issues
  • Analyzes the development of ethical thought
  • Includes Shannon and Patricia Jung’s Moral Issues and Christian Responses, a mainstay of undergraduate classes for the past 30 years

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  • Title: Augsburg Fortress Ethics Collection
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 2,685
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Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought

  • Editors: Willis Jenkins and Jennifer M. McBride
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 302

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr.—these giants of recent Christian social thought are here reassessed for a new context and a new generation. Both combined activism, ministry, and theology. Both took on public roles in opposition to prevailing powers of their respective causes. Here many of the leaders in Christian social thought revisit the insights, causes, and strategies that Bonhoeffer and King employed for a new generation and its concerns: race, reconciliation, nonviolence, political violence, Christian theological identity, and ministry.


  • Emilie M. Townes
  • Stephen R. Haynes
  • Rachel Muers
  • Jean Bethke Elshtain
  • Larry L. Rasmussen
  • Josiah U. Young III
  • M. Shawn Copeland
  • Timothy P. Jackson
  • Craig J. Slane
  • Charles Marsh
  • Richard W. Wills Sr.
  • Raphael Gamaliel Warnock
  • Stephen G. Ray Jr.
  • Andre C. Willis
  • Glen H. Stassen
  • Geffrey B. Kelly
  • Gary M. Simpson
  • Michael Battle

Willis Jenkins is Margaret Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics at Yale Divinity School.

Jennifer M. McBride is board of Regents Chair of Ethics and an assistant professor of religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Christians and War: A Brief History of the Church’s Teachings and Practices

  • Author: James A. Reimer
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 192

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Religion has often been blatantly invoked to support and oppose war and violence of all kinds, including terrorism and ethnic cleansing. Christians are deeply divided over whether and when such violence is justifiable.

James Reimer offers a fair presentation of these controversial standpoints, especially the three classical Christian attitudes toward war: crusading or holy war, just war, and pacifism. His thoughtful survey of Christian teachings and practices on issues of war, violence, and the state takes readers from classical Greco-Roman times to the present. Arguing that the church’s responses to war can only be understood through the church’s changing relationship to culture, Reimer concludes with an analysis of the contemporary debate and proposes criteria for legitimate and illegitimate use of force by nation-states.

A. James Reimer (1942–2010) was professor of religious studies at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo and also professor of historical theology at Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. His research has centered on critical theory and historical theology, and publications include The Dogmatic Imagination: The Dynamics of Christian Belief and Paul Tillich: Theologian of Nature, Culture, and Politics.

Christian Social Teachings: A Reader in Christian Social Ethics from the Bible to the Present

  • Editors: George W. Forell and James M. Childs
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 500

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No question has been as persistently nettling as the proper relationship of Christians and the Christian church to political power, and the results have often been calamitous. This classic collection of Christian statements on social ethics, now fully revised and augmented, provides a panoramic view of the 2000-year development of Christian concerns for political justice, peace, civil rights, family law, civil liberties, and other “worldly” issues. In readings that range from the Bible to church fathers to Bonhoeffer and Pope Benedict XVI, these substantial excerpts enable the student to see the flow of Christian thought and the deeper religious context for addressing today’s most pressing problems.

George W. Forell’s classic book has come to life once again thanks to the outstanding revision and updating by James M. Childs. This book with its impressive breadth, depth, and ecumenical sensitivity provides a unique source for giving students access to the most significant texts in Christian social ethics from the Bible to the present day.

—Charles Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

George W. Forell (1919–2011) was emeritus professor of protestant theology at the University of Iowa and author of The History of Christian Ethics.

James M. Childs is a senior research professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, and author of several titles, including Ethics in the Community of Promise.

The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity

  • Editorr: Margaret D. Kamitsuka
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 356

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The topic of sexuality intersects directly with the most contested historical, theological, and ethical questions of our day. In this edgy yet profound volume, noted scholars and theologians analyze the Christian tradition’s classic and contemporary understandings of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity.

The project unfolds in three phases: contemporary assessments of the Christian tradition, new thinking about Eros and being human religiously, and new perspectives on classic mysteries in light of Eros and embodiment.


  • David H. Jensen
  • Mark I. Wallace
  • William Stacy Johnson
  • John E. Thiel
  • Corey Barnes
  • Tatha Wiley
  • Paul E. Capetz
  • Shannon Craigo-Snell
  • Mark D. Jordan
  • Rebecca L. Davis
  • Edward P. Antonio
  • James W. Perkinson
  • Laurie A. Jungling
  • Laurel C. Schneider
  • Paul Lakeland
  • Margaret D. Kamitsuka
  • Joy R. Bostic
Eros has been politicized and sexualized, but how can it be theologized? This anthology offers fresh perspectives on Eros, desire, and sexual identities in the long Christian tradition and provactive insight in erotic theology. Well-conceived and written in accessible language, this volume is invaluable for both students of theology and the educated public.

—Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, Episcopal Divinity School

In wrestling with Eros, these theologians reframe nearly every theme of classical theology. Their learned, passionate essays will touch, tickle, and sometimes trouble the theological consciousness of everyone who is ready to follow to its radical conclusions the ageless premise that God is love.

—Kathleen Sands, associate professor of American studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Margaret D. Kamitsuka is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Oberlin College. She is author of Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference.

Ethics That Matters: African, Caribbean, and African American

  • Editors: Marcia Y. Riggs and James Samuel Logan
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 272

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In light of globalization, ongoing issues of race, gender, and class, and the rapidly changing roles of institutions, this volume asserts that Christian social ethics must be reframed completely. Three questions are at the heart of this vital inquiry: How can moral community flourish in a global context? What kinds of leadership do we need to nurture global moral community? How shall we construe social institutions and social movements for change in the twenty–first century?


  • Anthony B. Pinn
  • Katie Geneva Cannon
  • Noel Leo Erskine
  • Jacob K. Olupona
  • Riggins R. Earl Jr.
  • James H. Cone
  • Dwight N. Hopkins
  • Lewis V. Baldwin
  • Jonathan L. Walton
  • Rosetta E. Ross
  • Traci C. West
  • Melanie L. Harris
  • Victor Anderson
  • Emilie M. Townes
  • Barbara A. Holmes

Marcia Y. Riggs is the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA.

James Samuel Logan is associate professor of religion at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way

  • Author: Walter Wink
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 119

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More than ever, Walter Wink believes, the Christian tradition of nonviolence is needed as an alternative to the dominant and death-dealing “powers” of our consumerist culture and fractured world. In this small book Wink offers a précis of his whole thinking about this issue, including the relation of Jesus and his message to politics and nonviolence, the history of nonviolent efforts, and how nonviolence can win the day when others don’t hesitate to resort to violence or terror to achieve their aims.

Walter Wink (1935–2012) was a professor of biblical interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He was the author of several award-winning titles, including Naming the Powers, Unmasking the Powers, Engaging the Powers, When the Powers Fall, and The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of Man.

Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times

  • Author: Marvin M. Ellison
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 176

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These days sexual sin is far less about sex and far more about the misuse of power and exploitation of vulnerability. It’s time to redraw the ethical map. But how should a contemporary Christian ethic of sexuality be formulated? Marvin Ellison, a pioneer in contemporary Christian rethinking of sexuality and sexual ethics, uses a series of provocative questions to increase readers’ skills and confidence for engaging in ethical deliberation about sexuality. Students and all adults will welcome this book for enabling their personal clarity, approach to relationships, and mindful participation in respectful moral debate.

Christians since early in their history have gotten sex wrong. The result is our present culture where sexual oppression and abuse abound. Fortunately, ethicists like Marvin M. Ellison envision a liberative sexual ethics rooted in the very principles of faith by carefully listening to the voices of those relegated to the margins. His latest book, Making Love Just, is required reading for all who wish to move the present discourse on sexual justice forward.

—Miguel A. De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies, Iliff School of Theology

This excellent book is a must-read for anyone seeking a progressive, principled, and provocative guide to Christian sexual ethics. In moving us from ‘just making love’ to ‘making love just,’ Marvin Ellison addresses difficult and complex issues head-on, ranging from polyamory to same-sex domestic abuse. LGBTQ folks will find this book especially helpful, whether in the classroom, congregation, bedroom, or beyond.

—Patrick S. Cheng, professor, Episcopal Divinity School

Making Love Just is an eloquent and comprehensive guide to doing liberative sexual ethics for human and planetary good. While Ellison finds the Christian tradition is in many respects a noble tradition to preserve and promote, when it comes to the dynamic processes of sex and sexuality over time, he pursues its spirited critique and transformation. In solidarity with the sexually abused, exploited and vulnerable, he raises astute moral questions and demonstrates the difficult process of discerning what is just and loving in sex, gender and family issues—and to delight in taking a stand with others on controversial matters of sexual justice.

—Marilyn J. Legge, associate professor of Christian ethics, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Ellison here urges a profoundly loving re-call to compassionate conversation to all who would claim to exemplify ‘the unfathomable love of Christ.’ With courageous intellectual boldness and a gentle pastoral heart, Making Love Just readily provides a theologically grounded ethic way beyond perplexity and into the sacred realm of precious and life giving relational possibility. What a timely scholarly gift this book offers to those ever anxious to doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly.

—Jenny Plane Te Paa, lecturer in global Anglican studies, race politics, and theological education, St. Johns College, Auckland, New Zealand

Faith leaders across traditions are calling for a new sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts. . . . Marvin Ellison’s latest book . . . provides such a helpful guide for the theologian, seminarian, and person of faith who is seeking to understand and integrate a truly redemptive Christian ethic of sexuality.

—Debra Haffner, cofounder and president, Religious Institute

Marvin Ellison weaves many wise voices, including his own, into a ‘liberating method of ethical discernment.’ This book starts new, necessary conversations. The welcome result is justice-love and a safer world. Read and heed!

—Mary E. Hunt, cofounder and codirector, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

In advocating for a sex-positive transformation of Christian approaches to sexual ethics, Ellison offers here a challenging and much needed discussion of many of the thorny issues that plague contemporary conversations about sexuality. By helping readers to reframe the questions, Ellison opens up entrenched debates about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ to new avenues of discourse that privilege justice, human dignity, and relationships of equality and mutual respect. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in questions of human sexuality.

—Rebecca Todd Peters, associate professor of religious studies, Elon University

Remarkably written, Ellison gives us a gift of sex-positive approaches to Christian sexual ethics. Weaving the analytic with sincere attention to tears in our communities crying for hope, Making Love Just exposes the truth in our traditions that silences sex talk and dishonors bodies and sexualities by breaking forth new streams of thought with liberating clarity, method, and purpose. This book meets us at our point of need with a prophetic tongue and transformative embrace. You must read this book! It paves a brave path of healing grace, wholeness, and safer spirituality for us all!

—Melanie L. Harris, assistant professor, Texas Christian University

Marvin M. Ellison is Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary, Maine. He received his doctorate from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. Principal author of the 1991 Presbyterian sexuality study, his works, among others, include Same-Sex Marriage? A Christian Ethical Analysis, and, with coeditor Kelly Brown Douglas, Sexuality and the Sacred.

Moral Choice: A Christian View of Ethics

  • Author: Dolores L. Christie
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 272

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This survey text for Christian ethics through a Catholic lens traces the sources and traditions of contemporary ethical principles, rules, and norms. It uses narrative in reaching out to students who seek to understand themselves as they face ethical decisions. Stories are employed to reflect one’s own life and its meaning, as well as to prompt moral decision-making.

The book gives full treatment to criteria needed for ethical decision-making that students use in evaluating a series of contemporary issues, including abortion, end of life, torture, and others.

Moral Choice: A Christian View of Ethics is living proof that a textbook in moral theology does not have to be boring. Dolores Christie has an enviable knack for communicating with her students. Fortunate indeed are those who will use this text.

—Charles Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, Perkins School of Theology

This is an engaging, well-designed text by a knowledgeable and experienced teacher. Students will benefit from Dee Christie’s lively style, her abundant examples, and her emphasis on how the Christian story impacts the spiritual and moral life of the maturing believer.

—Anne Patrick, emeritus William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, Carleton College

Christie provides students with a concise and lively introduction to the basic concepts and debates in fundamental moral theology. She links the concrete moral dimensions of everyday life with the basic ideas that frame the Christian ethical tradition, making these connections vivid and readily understood. While especially attentive to the ways these realities have been discussed within Roman Catholicism, Christie succeeds at providing all persons, regardless of their faith convictions, both a framework for and process within which to reflect on their moral choices.

—Patricia Beattie Jung, professor of Christian ethics and Oubri A. Poppele Professor of Health and Welfare, Saint Paul School of Theology

A thorough text on the traditions prevalent in contemporary Christian ethics, Moral Choice uncovers the content and context of moral decision-making in clear, concise and practical terms: vocabulary is defined, methods are described, and the stuff that makes human beings persons—the choices that contribute to our becoming the persons our potentials can realize—is explained. Recalling the depths to which icebergs reach, the moral iceberg that sits below the surface persona anchors the life-altering and ordinary decisions for good and for ill that make us the people we are. Moral Choice extends an invitation and offers an opportunity to plumb those depths, question their effect in our personal and common lives, and call us to strive to be good and to do right. Christie’s work is a tour de force, the fruit of years of teaching, research, and writing experience that will inform decision-making as it engages dialogue about the serious and frivolous challenges to the moral life.

—Mary Jo Iozzio, professor of moral theology, Barry University

Moral Choice takes its readers on an instructive and illuminating voyage through sources, methods, and applications in the field of Catholic moral theology. It is especially recommended for the clear and systematic way ‘the human person adequately considered’ is shown to be the definitive moral norm.

—Jan Jans, associate professor, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Moral Choice is alive with up-to-the-minute examples that illuminate ethical concepts in the real world. References are global and multi-cultural, inviting readers to consider new contexts as they learn Christian ethics. Fundamentally, it aims at helping people become good moral thinkers, not rote reciters of rules. This book will start great discussions in class.

—Lisa Fullam, associate professor of moral theology, Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley

Dolores L. Christie is former executive director of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has taught undergraduates at John Carroll University and Baldwin Wallace College, and has taught in the graduate departments of Ohio Dominican University and Ursuline College. Christie is the author of Last Rights: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Decisions and has contributed to edited volumes and authored several articles.

Moral Issues and Christian Responses

  • Editors: Patricia Beattie Jung and L. Shannon Jung
  • Edition: 8th
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 496

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This popular anthology for the study of Christian ethics, now in its eighth edition, has been a mainstay of undergraduate courses for nearly 30 years. Shannon and Patricia Jung provide an introduction to contemporary moral issues from decidedly, yet diverse, Christian moral perspectives. The anthology intentionally seeks a range of voices to produce a kind of “point/counterpoint” discussion of an ethical issue. Issues include: the distinctiveness of Christian ethics, sexuality, reproductive rights, prejudice, immigration, the environment, economics, biomedical ethics, death and dying, terrorism, war, and globalization.

As current as it is reliable, this text immerses readers in the careful deliberation of moral dilemmas by challenging them to articulate their own well-reflected perspectives on the burning issues of our time. Sacrificing neither guiding orientation nor the complexity of the topics, the editors are masters of pedagogy in the art of ethical deliberation.

—Craig Nessan, professor of contextual theology, Wartburg Theological Seminary

Patricia Beattie Jung and Shannon Jung have edited a widely diverse and wonderfully engaging set of essays that ought to keep any ethics course talking. From Cardinal Avery Dulles, Walter Brueggemann, and Rowan Williams to Phyllis Trible, Cornel West, Ada María Isasi-Díaz, and Karen Lebacqz, the collection highlights the energy, intelligence, and originality of contemporary Christian stances on a compelling array of ethical issues. Indispensable for anyone interested in teaching an exciting and comprehensive course on what Christianity brings to the challenges of everyday life.

James F. Keenan, Founders Professor in Theology, Boston College

Patricia Beattie Jung is a professor of Christian ethics and the Oubri A. Poppele Professor of Health and Welfare Ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology. She has served for many years as coeditor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and has published widely in the area of sexual ethics.

L. Shannon Jung is the Franklin and Louise Cole Professor of Town and Country Ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology. He has published broadly in religious ethics, focusing especially in the area of food ethics.


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