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Situation Ethics: True or False

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Joseph Fletcher says: . . . Whether we ought to follow a moral principle or not would always depend upon the situation. . . . In some situations unmarried love could be infinitely more moral than married unlove. Lying could be more Christian than telling the truth. . . stealing could be better than respective private property . . .no action is good or right of itself. It d ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 28th 1972 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 1966)
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Aug 25, 2015 Tinsoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did I love this book, no. Did I agree with his ideas, no. But I think everyone should read this book atleast once in their life. It tickles your brain and opens a flood gate of important questions to ask and discuss.
Jacob Aitken
You can summarize Fletcher's ethic as "Claim love, and then you can use it to fornicate and stuff."

Even though this book is bad, it isn't completely bad. The beginning of the book is fairly well-written. I will do my best to outline Fletcher's position but I will follow with an extended critique.

While Fletcher's ethics is formally empty, he does explain it (sort of). Situationism: the mean between legalism and antinomianism (Fletcher 26). It has an absolute “norm” (love) and a calculating method
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Fletcher is thoroughly informed on the epistemological, ontological and ethical topics that he covers in Situation Ethics. He is also dead wrong. This book reminds me of a line, if you'll forgive the mixing of genres, in the popular Harry Potter series: "Brilliant, Snape - once again you've put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and as usual come to the wrong conclusion." This book is a case in that point.

One of the other two reviewers thus far said that Fletcher presents ethics
Aug 30, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is hilarious! If that doesn't justify reading it, what does? The answer is, obviously, nothing!

So so funny. I love 1960's strident.
Nathan Titus
Oct 05, 2013 Nathan Titus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the foundation of Christianity and altruism on which Fletcher rests, there was very little about situation ethics (the concept, as differentiated from the book) that I found disagreeable. It calls on every man to make his own moral choices, using full context and the fullest extent of his rational capabilities in every situation, and then to take full responsibility for those choices. It flatly rejects categorical morality, or "legalism" (HERE HRERE!!) and attacks head on the old axiom t ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that I have some situation ethics in the way I understand morality, I found this book very deceptive. Fletcher's attempt at articulating the grand Christian ethic, falls short both in grandeur and Christianity. His ability to navigate the scriptures to present a "it all comes down to the law of love" demonstrates considerable time spent in study. Yet to come away with only a theology of "neighbor love", without the acknowledging the greater theology of loving the Lord first and ...more
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Apr 02, 2016 Justin Magdellini rated it it was amazing
A must-read. Stimulating, thought provoking and convicting.
Jeremiah Cox
A landmark book whose influence will outlast the lifetime of its juvenile detractors. It is a balanced and reflective consideration of ethical issues centuries in the making. It is by no means perfect, but it is useful, if for no other reason, as an antidote against Christian excesses. The same ethical rigidity assails us today in Moslem garb. The world is poised for a giant leap backward into the sixteenth century.
Jul 31, 2007 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is 40 years old. Its day has passed. Argues that there are no absolute moral laws, except the law to "love God through your neighbor." All laws are contingent upon the circumstances. Basically advocates Christian utilitarianism; so that, the law of love demands that we do what accomplishes the most good for the most people. There are some concepts worth mulling over, but for the most part pretty thin.
David Miriam
It is a book that tries to make it easier for humans to make logical choices based on the conditions they find themselves at that time. It's enticing but in the long run, it promotes more harm than good.
Will Barnes
Jun 03, 2013 Will Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting perspective but 'finished' halfway through and it get rather partitive after the 4 working principles. Can be summed up in to one word: agape
Sep 27, 2012 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst things I've ever read. This is not Christian ethics.
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“One of the biggest difficulties in our contemporary society is that we try to locate the evil in somebody else and then we try to get rid of him. The police are pigs or the students are worthless, and so on and so on. The Marxists are the devils or the Republicans are the devils or you name it. We try to isolate the evil and then get rid of it. But the teaching of the Bible is that we are thoroughly entrenched in this ourselves, so we can't toss rocks at someone else; we have to see the extent to which the moral ambiguities fall directly on us. We need forgiveness; and only when we receive it do we have our lives cleaned up so that we can start seeing situations accurately.” 5 likes
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