Pastoral Ethics offers clear and practical guidance on the ethical and theological dimensions of the dilemmas to be faced in counseling situations. The volume covers 20 major contemporary issues including marriage, family, forgiveness, divorce, business, power, science, health, bereavement, sexuality and the environment.
Ministry to the morally confused is a vital part of the work of Christian pastors and counselors. So many difficult ethical issues crowd in on us in daily life that we need a resource to point up biblical, practical ways to understand and interpret.
Pastoral Ethics is such a resource. David Atkinson presents a treatment of today’s central ethical questions with a focus on how they affect day-to-day life. The stress here is on practical application rather than abstract moral philosophy. The work’s strength lies in its combination of biblical and practical approaches. Pastoral Ethics will be an invaluable aid for any ministry.
Good biblical theology, clear ethical thinking and sensitive pastoral application.
His sensitivity rebukes brash, uncaring solutions; his sheer depth and power of ethical penetration takes us beyond the quick answers.
An attractive mix of a biblically based faith, which is willing to question, with an emphasis on acceptance and not judgment.
Should be read by all who carry out counseling work, and by ministers and those in training.
David Atkinson was for some years Chaplain and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is now Canon Theologian of Southwark Cathedral and Diocesan Missioner of Southwark Diocese, in London.