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Overview In this masterful and innovative book Glen Stassen and David Gushee join profound ethical reflections with faith in Jesus Christ, a life of discipleship, and the hope of the present and coming kingdom of God. The result is a fresh, challenging and comprehensive treatment of Christian ethics centered on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Drawing on detailed studies of the Sermon on the Mount, Stassen and Gushee shed light on the whole of biblical ethical teaching as it relates to a wide range of issues, including peacemaking, just war, nonviolence, sexuality and gender roles, marriage and divorce, race, economics, care of creation, prayer, and politics. Their work yields neither an impossible idealism, nor an abstract ethical system, nor a generic religious legalism. Rather Stassen and Gushee set forth a holistic ethic that motivates us and provides us with a practical basis for living under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Publishers Description One of Christianity Today's 2004 Books of the Year In this masterful and innovative book Glen H. Stassen and David P. Gushee join profound ethical reflection with faith in Jesus Christ, a life of discipleship and the hope of the present and coming kingdom of God. The result is a challenging, comprehensive treatment of Christian ethics centered on the life and teachings of Jesus. Drawing on detailed studies of the Sermon on the Mount, Stassen and Gushee shed light on the whole of biblical ethical teaching as it relates to a wide range of issues, including peacemaking, just war, nonviolence, sexuality and gender roles, marriage and divorce, race, economics, care of creation, prayer and politics. Their work yields neither an impossible idealism, nor an abstract ethical system, nor a generic religious legalism. Rather Stassen and Gushee set forth a holistic ethic that motivates us and provides us with a practical basis for living under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Awards and Recognitions Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context by Glen Harold Stassen & David P. Gushee has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2004 Winner - Theology/Ethics category
Citations And Professional Reviews Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context by Glen Harold Stassen & David P. Gushee has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 09/07/2004 page 51
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Studio: IVP Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830826688 ISBN13 9780830826681
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More About Glen Harold Stassen & David P. Gushee
Glen H. Stassen is Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, a scholar in Christian ethics and biblical interpretation. He is the author of many articles and books including "Kingdom Ethics" (coauthored with David P. Gushee), which won Christianity Today's award for best book of the year in theology or ethics
Reviews - What do customers think about Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context?
Unbelievable, simply unbelievable Oct 14, 2003
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. This book is incredible. Words can't describe the greatness of this work of art. Gushee and Stassen really come together on this one. Please, go out now and buy it.
Kingdom Ethics Sep 18, 2003
I was highly anticipating this book but when I received it I became disappointed. Based on reviews and recommendations, I was hoping to find an exposition of Christ's teachings, i.e. the Sermon on the Mount, with the Older Testament scriptures as a back drop and context for His words. Unfortunately, what I found was an antithesis rather than continuity between Christ and the New Testament Scriptures over against the Older Testament Scriptures. One example of this is where the authors are [basically] saying that Christ and the New Testament abolished the penalty for capital crimes, i.e., the death penalty for murder. The book states that Genesis 9:6 is more than likely a proverb. They state that the New Testament only refers to the death penalty in a negative way, i.e., its abuse and misuse and therefore has been abolished. Since when did man's abuse of any portion of God's law make that portion of the law null and void? It is my understanding that only God has the authority to make void any portion of His law. I don't understand how the authors reasoned from scripture to come up with such a conclusion and I would disagree strongly with it. I admit I did not read the entire book but after sampling just a small portion and finding what I consider a poor hermeneutic and exegesis on such an important ethical issue that is clearly taught in the scripture to be continual and binding on all people and nations, I lost confidence and interest and sent it back for a refund from the seller. It is too bad so many writers, readers, etc. pit the first 39 books of the Bible against the last 27 resulting in neo-nomianism (at best) to anti-nomianism (at worst). I would recommend Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.'s book: God's Law in the Modern World. It honors God's law and teaches God's law is for modern man and continually binding unless otherwise clearly nullfied by God himself through additional revelation. After all, it is His Law and Word and is not to be added to or taken away.
From the WESTERN RECORDER Apr 5, 2003
"The church confesses that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah...God incarnate...the Savior...Lord of the Church and of the world...center not only of the Christian faith, but also...of the universe itself... Here is the problem. Christian churches across the theological and confessional spectrum...are often guilty of evading Jesus, the cornerstone and center of the Christian faith." With those words, Glen Stassen, professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, and David Gushee, professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University challenge us to reflect on and reform the way we live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Kingdom Ethics is not a light, how-to approach to making moral decisions. It is a serious look at how the church in general, and Christians specifically, have ignored significant parts of the Gospel in our leap from Jesus' birth to his death and resurrection. Beyond diagnosis of that problem, Stassen and Gushee invite us to reflect on the way we make and discuss moral decisions and to examine a pattern that follows Jesus' moral discourse. The first third of the book deals with a method and approach to Christian ethics based within Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God. More specifically, they ask us to focus on the Sermon on the Mount for both content and pattern of Christian moral reflection. The last two-thirds of the book applies this method to contemporary issues. I found their critique of contemporary Christian moral reasoning insightful and sadly true. Yet, Stassen and Gushee not only show us how we got to a place where we ignore our primary source for living, but they offer us a way out. Kingdom Ethics is not an easy read; not because the authors have written badly, but because they challenge us to use our minds and do the hard work of Biblical and contextual interpretation. Nevertheless, no one who takes seriously the task of Christian spiritual formation should bypass this book.
From: "The Faithful Reader" -- A book review column in the WESTERN RECORDER, statewide newspublication of The Kentucky Baptist Convention