Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World begins with a survey of the ethical approaches that have been adopted by secular and Christian ethicists. Beyond the common consequentialist and principle-oriented perspectives, an alternative character/virtue approach has recently found wide acceptance, particularly in the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas. Hollinger provides a critical analysis of these views and suggests that they overlook a critical element, which is the basis found in a uniquely Christian worldview.
Next, Hollinger reflects on the application of Christian ethics in what he calls the "complex world" of contemporary pluralism and postmodernism. He examines the complexities of secular society and how these complexities affect Christian ethics. He then explores the factors that influence how Christians make ethical decisions, including Scripture and empirical judgment. Finally, he surveys the questions of justice, pluralism, and Christian influence in the secular world. This volume has grown out of Hollinger's many years of experience in both academic and local church settings. His work is unique in that it surveys common approaches to ethics as well as contemporary issues of critical importance. Sure to find widespread use as a text in colleges and seminaries, it will also provide Christian lay readers with an excellent analysis of the subject.
This is a book which will become recommended reading in many ethics courses and will be welcomed warmly by general readers who are looking for a reliable introduction to contemporary Christian ethics. . . . It is comprehensive, tightly written, very logical and fair, and well illustrated.
—Doug Fullerton, Colloquium
An outstanding resource-an ethics text that is deeply Christian, conceptually clear, personally engaging, and intellectually substantive! This is an exceptionally helpful book for Christians concerned about the moral life. Hollinger provides a clear map to guide readers through the rugged terrain of competing theoretical frameworks and complex practical questions.
—Christine Pohl, professor of social ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary
Dennis P. Hollinger is president and professor of Christian ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.