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Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed
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Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed


Bloomsbury 2012

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Christian ethics is a most perplexing subject. This guide takes the reader through the most fundamental issues surrounding the question of ethics from a Christian perspective by raising significant questions and offering cogent answers. Is ethics a meaningful topic of discourse and can there be such a thing as an ethical argument or ethical persuasion? What is the meaning of “Christian ethics?” Could right behavior be different for Christians than it is for others? How does the content of the Bible inform Christian ethics? Is it best to think of ethics as a matter of duty, good, or excellence? These and other issues are clearly discussed in this succinct guide.

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Key Features

  • Raises significant questions about ethics from a Christian perspective
  • Explores the subject of ethics from a biblical point of view
  • Presents contemporary and timely treatments of significant ethical issues


  • Can We Talk?
  • What’s Christian about Christian Ethics?
  • Three Approaches to Being Fully Human
  • How to Succeed as a Human Being
  • Good Sense and Love
  • Friendship
  • Disability and Persons

Praise for the Print Edition

Austin’s Guide is a rare combination: a broad, sophisticated introduction to the vast universe of Christian ethics, but one that is energized by a constant stream of engaging prose and arresting examples. The text is even-handed and truly comprehensive in its scope, avoiding privileging any one school of ethics. And Austin’s eye for the extraordinary in the ordinary shines especially in the final chapters on the moral challenges of friendship and disability.

—David Cloutier, associate professor of theology, Mount St. Mary’s University

Austin has done a great service for the ‘perplexed’ by offering an accessible, conversational, and cogent introduction to Christian ethics. The text is comprehensive and simple, without at all being simplistic. Those knowledgeable in the field will discern how carefully Austin presents Christian ethics, in a manner informed by, even if not weighed down by, current scholarship. Those unaware of such research can trust they encounter in this book a reliable and trustworthy guide to the Christian moral life, a true scholar who invites his readers to understand the Christian life as not only accessible . . . but also as attractive and vivifying.

William C. Mattison III, assistant professor of theology, The Catholic University of America

With glad and generous confidence in the distinction of Christian ethics, Austin guides his readers into this subject. The simplicity and clarity of his style hold many points for deeper thoughtful reflection, and one senses too, for the reader to be moved towards a fuller humanity through what is absorbed here.

—Susan F. Parsons, editor, Studies in Christian Ethics

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About Victor Lee Austin

Victor Lee Austin is theologian-in-residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. He is the author of Up with Authority and has written scholarly articles in political theology, ecclesiology, and social ethics, as well as a book of theological meditations on everyday life, A Priest’s Journal.