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Overview This book by Michael Banner explores and attempts to understand the significance of Christian belief for a range of contemporary and controversial ethical issues including euthanasia, the environment, biotechnology, abortion, the family, sexual ethics, and the distribution of scarce resources for health care. Its importance lies in its attempt to show the crucial difference that Christian belief makes to an understanding of these issues, while at the same time demonstrating some of the weaknesses and confusions of certain popular approaches to them.
Publishers Description This work addresses such key ethical issues as euthanasia, the environment, biotechnology, abortion, the family, sexual ethics, and the distribution of health care resources. Michael Banner argues that the task of Christian ethics is to understand the world and humankind in the light of the credal affirmations of the Christian faith, and to explicate this understanding in its significance for human action through a critical engagement with the concerns, claims and problems of other ethics. He illustrates both the distinctiveness of Christian convictions in relation to the above issues and also the critical dialogue with practices based on other convictions which this sense of distinctiveness motivates but does not prevent. The book's importance lies in its attempt to show the crucial difference which Christian belief makes to an understanding of these issues, whilst at the same time demonstrating some of the weaknesses and confusions of certain popular approaches to them.
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.29 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2008
Publisher Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521623820 ISBN13 9780521623827
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More About Michael C. Banner
Michael C. Banner has an academic affiliation as follows - Peterhouse, Cambridge University.
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Worth having for the first three chapters alone Nov 5, 2008
This is a very difficult book to review. Based on the first three chapters only, I would have been happy to give it 5 stars. I don't think that some of the endorsements overstate Banner's strong handle on these issues. He has a rather unique position on how Christian ethics should be done, and gives a pretty convincing explanation in the first chapter on dogmatic Christian ethics. The next two chapters, on Christian anthropology at the beginning and end of life, and a critique of the practice of abortion are strongly-reasoned and well worth reading. His analysis is incisive and cuts through the evasions of those whom he critiques.
However, I found myself increasingly disappointed with the rest of the book. Banner is so meticulously thorough in seeing and evaluating almost every angle of various issues, that the reading becomes very tedious. The writing is very verbose and often has ridiculously long sentences with multiple conditional clauses. He is exceedingly cautious not to be misunderstood. Even the careful reader is likely to get bogged down. I did not find the remaining chapters as crisp or interesting as the first three, yet I'm glad to have the book in my library, especially for some of the arguments he makes against abortion. In my opinion, the book spent too much time trying to analyze and unwind all the opposing viewpoints without spending enough time giving a positive statement of the Christian ethic. Yet where Banner does, it is certainly worth paying attention to, and it is clear that the Gospel of Jesus Christ drives his ethic.