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Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
New chapters on environmental ethics and genetics, as well as other revisions, bring this popular ethics textbook up to date.
Paperback, 359 pages
Published July 23rd 2004 by P & R Publishing (first published 1985)
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Jun 14, 2011 Jonathan rated it did not like it
This is a book for the early 1980s. I’m being clear because it claims to be an “updated and revised” edition from 2004. While a couple very short chapters were added, the old material is mostly untouched. Since half the chapters are on medical issues it is sad to see almost no medical research cited past 1983. Besides the outdated and sometimes false claims, this leads to archaic statements like, “In-vitro Fertilization represents a form of experimentation exposing human subjects to as yet unkno ...more
Matt Anderson
Although I was only required to read chapter 1 for graduate school, the book may be worth going back to read in whole because of the way that it sets out to deal with issues facing the Church today. Here is a summary of chapter 1:

Evangelical Ethics – Chapter 1: Dimensions of Decision Making

In his book, Evangelical Ethics, John Jefferson Davis explores some of the pressing issues that modern-day Christians are forced to take a stance on. In regards to the moral law, Davis points out that Romans
Feb 18, 2013 Ivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-ethics
Important book. Brings clarity to a lot of tough ethical issues. Well-written and well researched. Deeply theological and anchored in biblical theology. My one criticism is that chapters from earlier editions seem untouched (cf. the sources are all still from before 1985). Although I think it shows the continuing relevance of the original arguments made, it would have been nice if Davis interacted with more recent publications, research, and statistics.
Rodney Harvill
Feb 20, 2016 Rodney Harvill rated it really liked it
Shelves: ethics
Many of today's ethical concerns are not directly addressed in the Bible, which was written in a different cultural context with a different level of technological advancement. If we desire to live according to the Bible, how do we apply it to our modern context? Do we become Luddites and live an ancient standard of living according to ancient values? Not at all, we extract general principles from biblical teaching and use them to educate our decision making. For example, the Bible says nothing ...more
Derek Brown
Feb 13, 2008 Derek Brown rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Derek by: Dr. Russell D. Moore
It has been easy for me to slip into the mentality that engagement in ethical issues is not the priority of the Christian individually or the Church as a whole. To be honest, as I consider the past eight years of my Christian life, I can say that most of the time I have spent in seriously pondering the truth of Christianity and its application, I have narrowed in primarily on issues that relate directly to me. To my shame, I admit that I have engaged in little significant ethical reflection in r ...more
Bret James Stewart
Jul 01, 2014 Bret James Stewart rated it liked it
I read this book for one of my seminary classes. It does have some positive qualities despite the blah overall rating. To begin with the positive, the book has an attractive cover and the layout is easy to navigate and the font is eye-pleasing. Davis has included a subject index, an author index, and a Scripture index, and the presence of the indices also contribute to navigability. As the title implies, the book focuses upon the ethical dimensions of the faith, divided into categories that he f ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Sebastian rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-for-school
I liked the way Davis has organized the book. He covers a wide variety of topics that are important for Christians to be knowledgeable about.
It was first published in 85, revised in the 90s, and this edition was published 2004. The book says: "Revised and expanded," which is not true at all. Most of the statistics in the book are from the 70s/80s. The chapter on war was written from the perspective of the world still being in the Cold War. I was born after the Cold War had even started. The stat
Shaela Woody
Sep 01, 2014 Shaela Woody rated it liked it
I appreciated the different perspectives (normative, situational, and utilitarian) he lays out within the framework of Christian ethics, but disagreed with a few of his seemingly arbitrary conclusions on specific issues. And in the chapter on capital punishment, he dismisses OT law as the standard for civil policies, stating instead that Christians should support the death penalty based on Gen. 9:6 because it is part of the Noahic covenant, yet offers no argument for his position that Noahic, bu ...more
G Walker
I have enjoyed the lion's share of what I have read from JJ Davis. This particular volume was especially helpful by way of introduction. Let me say that again, it is a introductory level text only. Dated in that it may not have the most up to date journal articles, but still very relevant, in reality, we are still dealing with the same issues... better ethicists out there, even if you disagree with them... Bahnsen, Douma, Fairbairn, Frame, Gentry, Jordan, Murray, Van Til, etc... but still Davis ...more
Peter B.
Aug 18, 2012 Peter B. rated it really liked it
This book did a good job examining twelve issues facing the Church. It examines the facts and then applies biblical principles to the situation. It could improve on being more updated. Even though it was supposed to be updated recently, many of the studies referenced to were done twenty to forty years ago.
Daniel Alvers
Jul 27, 2011 Daniel Alvers rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It dealt with difficult issues that need to be addressed from the scripture. He handled each answer with great depth and it made for a great read. I recommend it to anybody thinking about the questions he answers.
David Varney
May 08, 2013 David Varney rated it really liked it
Punchy, conservative but still considers other views. It is broad so by definition lacks full discussion.
Dec 30, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, culture
This is a good textbook on ethics. Not the most interesting reading at times, being heavily weighted towards data, but it does provide a useful starting point for discussion on many ethical issues.
Benjamin Ried
Jun 03, 2014 Benjamin Ried rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-2014
A decent introduction to Christian Ethics, but severely dated. Most of the material is still relevant, but the quoted research is very distracting.
Jan 09, 2014 JJ added it
The scope of this book is a difficult task that Davis tackles competently. Curious how his work measures up against more recently published works by Feinberg and Rae.
Mar 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Davis gives a good overview of hot topics in society today and some Biblical ways to think about them.
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