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Christian Ethics and the Church: Ecclesial Foundations for Moral Thought and Practice
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Christian Ethics and the Church: Ecclesial Foundations for Moral Thought and Practice


Baker Academic 2015

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Christian Ethics and the Church introduces Christian ethics from a theological perspective, spelling out the implications of moral theology for the common life of the church. Philip Turner, a leading expert in the field, explores the intersection of moral theology and ecclesiology, arguing that the focus of Christian ethics should not be personal holiness or social reform but how Christians are to live with one another. A theology of moral thought and practice takes its cues from the notion that human beings, upon salvation, are redeemed and called into a life oriented around the community of the church. Christian Ethics and the Church distills a senior scholar’s life work and is valuable to professors and students of Christian ethics, theology, and ecclesiology.

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For more reading in ethics check out Ethics and the New Testament.

Key Features

  • Examines the intersection of moral theology and ecclesiology
  • Focuses upon ethics within the church body
  • Considers ethics in light of the redemption of the believer


  • John Cassian’s Ethic of Individual Sanctification
  • Walter Rauschenbusch’s Ethic of Social Redemption
  • John Howard Yoder’s Ethic of Communal Witness
  • The Goal and Basis of Life Together in Christ: A Reading of the Epistle to the Ephesians (Part One)
  • The Character of Life Together in Christ: A Reading of the Epistle to the Ephesians (Part Two)
  • Possible Exceptions: The Self
  • Possible Exceptions: Society
  • The Goal, Basis, and Character of an Ecclesial Ethic
  • The Ecclesial Setting of a Devout and Holy Life
  • An Ecclesial View of Life in Civil Society
  • An Ecclesial View of Life within Political Society (Part One)
  • An Ecclesial View of Life within Political Society (Part Two)

Praise for the Print Edition

Wise in format, thought, and counsel, clear and charitable in expression, and comprehensive in scope, Philip Turner’s book brings a lifetime of scholarly reflection, churchly hands-on living, and missionary experience to this refreshing project on Christian ethics.

Christopher Seitz, senior research professor of biblical interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

From African missionary to professor to seminary dean and president, Philip Turner now presents his life’s work in living into and giving voice to the distinctiveness of Christian ethics. . . . Chapters on alternative theological visions and on moral choices in the public sphere make this a rich argument about the Christian moral life and a text that can also serve well in an introductory course in Christian ethics.

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics, Virginia Theological Seminary

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About Philip Turner

Philip Turner is an Episcopal priest and has worked on several books, including The Crisis of Moral Teaching in the Episcopal Church and The Fate of Communion. Now retired, he previously served as professor of Christian ethics at the General Theological Seminary in New York and as dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. More recently, he served as interim dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest and interim rector at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas.

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