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Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics, 3rd ed.

, 2009
ISBN: 9780310514725



With its unique union of theory and application and its well-organized, easy-to-use design, Moral Choices has earned its place as the standard text for college ethics courses. This third edition offers extensive updates, revisions, and brand new material, all designed to help students develop a sound and current basis for making ethical decisions in today's complex postmodern culture.

Moral Choices outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics while avoiding undue dogmatism. The book also introduces other ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant.

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  • Addresses some of today’s most pressing social issues
  • Guides students in thinking critically and biblically
  • Introduces ethical systems and key historical proponents
I have profitably used Moral Choices as a central textbook in my Christian Ethics courses since it first came out in 1995. This new edition builds on the strengths of the previous editions by deepening the analysis, bringing the discussions up to date, and adding a needful new chapter on ethics and economics. The book remains clear, readable, well-informed, biblical, and pertinent for the moral questions and challenges facing Christians today.

—Doug Groothuis, professor philosophy, Denver Seminary

Moral Choices is characterized by particular strength in its discussion of ethical methodology, its approach to bioethical and business ethics issues, its accessibility and readability, its use of cases and discussion questions, and its engagement with a wide range of both secular and Christian thinkers through the ages. It is conservative and evangelical while remaining irenic and dialogical.

—David P. Gushee, distinguished university professor of Christian ethics, Mercer University

  • Title: Moral Choices: An Introduction To Ethics
  • Author: Scott B. Rae
  • Edition: Third Edition
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Ethics; Christian ethics
  • ISBN: 9780310514725
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-26T18:15:40Z

The Logos edition of Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics, 3rd ed. equips you for better study with cutting-edge functionality and features. Whether you are performing Bible word studies, preparing a sermon, or researching and writing a paper, Logos Bible Software gives you the tools you need to use your digital library effectively and efficiently by searching for verses, finding Scripture references and citations instantly. Additionally, important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, theology texts, and other resources in your library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. With most Logos resources, you can take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Scott Rae is professor of Christian ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California.


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  1. Michael Farrar
    Unfortunately, this is now an outdated book. Logos should update pages for outdated books to reflect that there are newer versions, even if they do not carry them. Just bought this book thinking that it was the same as what is available elsewhere, whereas my students purchase the kindle version. My instructions said to get the third version, but the only version on Kindle now is the 4th, so they purchased it. there are differences that create issues.

  2. J. Remington Bowling
    This is a fantastic textbook on ethics and it is a very useful resource for starting research on an ethical issue. To give an example of how the book approaches a subject, here is the outline of the book's discussion on abortion: I. The Legal Background of Abortion 1. Roe v. Wade 2. Doe v. Bolton 3. The "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade 4. Planned Parenthood v. Danforth 5. Webster v. Reproductive Health Services 6. Planned Parenthood v. Casey II. The Biblical Background of Abortion 1. Partial Birth Abortion III. The Arguments for the Pro-Choice Position 1. A woman has the right to do with her own body whatever she chooses 2. If abortion becomes illegal, we will return to the dangerous days of the 'back alley' abortion providers 3. Forcing women, especially poor ones, to continue their pregnancies will create overwhelming financial hardship 4. Society should not force women to bring unwanted children into the world 5. Society should not force women to bring severely handicapped children into the world 6. Soceity should not force women who are pregnant from rape or incest to continue their pregnancies 7. Peter Singer and Infanticide 7. Restrictive abortion laws discriminate against poor women IV. The Personhood of the Fetus The chapter that addresses abortion is combined with the discussion of embryo and stem cell research. Naturally, not every topic receives the same level of detail in discussion. What I've outlined above covers about 22 pages. The embryonic and stem cell topic only receives about 5 pages of discussion. For some issues the author takes a clear position and develops arguments for it. In other cases the author is more reserved. Here is a sample of some issues discussed (with various degrees of detail): various ethical systems (deontology, utilitarianism, etc), reproductive technologies, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, capital punishment. Within each of these broad headings sub-issues are addressed: business ethics, masturbation, homosexuality, surrogacy, etc. At the end of each chapter is a list for further reading and review questions.