Fortress Press

Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life: Revised and Expanded Edition

Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life

Revised and Expanded Edition

Bruce C. Birch (Author), Larry L. Rasmussen (Author)


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Among the topics treated are:
  • Christian ethics as community ethics
  • Charting the moral life
  • Elements of character formation
  • Character and social structure
  • Decision making
  • The nature and role of biblical authority
  • Uses of Scripture in Christian ethics
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780806623979
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.5
  • Pages 240
  • Publication Date January 13, 1988


"In this book a biblical scholar and a Christian ethicist bring together their particular competencies to explore the functional relatedness of their disciplines in a way that is accessible to pastors and laity in churches. The comprehensiveness of the authors' scope, the quality of their methodological proposal, and the clarity of their presentation mark this as a significant and useful book."
— Dana W. Wilbanks, The Journal of Religion

"This book develops a pattern of ethics into which biblical concerns are brought coherently."
— James M. Gustafson

"This book is a must. The authors work out a methodology to build a bridge across the abyss between biblical studies and ethics."
— Reginald H. Fuller

"An excellent introduction, clearly written and full of insight, this book meets a great need in seminaries and local churches."
— Brevard S. Childs

Table of Contents

    Preface to the Revised Edition

  1. Consensus and Questions
  2. Christian Ethics as Community Ethics
  3. Charting the Moral Life
  4. The Elements of Character Formation
  5. Character Formation and Social Structure
  6. Decision Making
  7. The Church and the Moral Life
  8. The Nature and Role of Biblical Authority
  9. Making Biblical Resources Available
  10. Summary and Challenge

    Index of Biblical References