Christian Social Ethics

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This college-level introductory text in Christian social ethics combines theory, cases, and analysis. Case studies include the use of drones in war, the Keystone XL pipeline, and Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Each chapter incorporates suggestions for further research, suggestions for praxis components and other teaching and learning activities, and discussion questions.

 “This introduction to different models of Christian ethics (spanning both conservative and progressive worldviews) and to particular ethical controversies within our society supports students in ethical analysis and argumentation and encourages them to think critically about the complexity of social issues. The case method approach engages students in active learning and the practice of systematic ethical deliberation.” —Laura A. Stivers, co-author, Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach, Fifth Edition

 “Evidence of the power of artful pedagogy is alive in Glennon’s carefully crafted social ethics textbook . . . . Equipping students to recognize and understand how and why different groups of Christians employ different approaches to moral questions can go a long way toward teaching students empathy and compassion as essential elements of moral deliberations.”—Rebecca Todd Peters, author, Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World


“As someone who has used case studies in teaching Christian ethics for years, I love that this book integrates key components that are often missing in case texts—introduction of key models of Christian social ethics, two different (and often opposed) models to analyze each case study, and pedagogical resources to help engage relevant topics. This approach ensures that professors and students alike have what they need to understand and wrestle with the complexity and depth of Christian ethical thinking.”—Dianne Oliver, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Nazareth College


“A commonsensical case-study approach to Christian social ethics, using diverse types of ethical analysis to examine contemporary issues. An excellent text for both Christian social ethics and introductory courses in Christian ethics.”—Peter R. Gathje, co-editor, Doing Right and Being Good: Catholic and Protestant Readings in Christian Ethics

Fred Glennon is professor of social ethics and chair of the department of religious studies at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY. He is a co-author of Introduction to the Study of Religion (Orbis).

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Christian Social Ethics
Models, Cases, Controversies
Fred Glennon

Introduction (Glennon_Christian_Social_Ethics_Intro.pdf, 100 Kb) [Download]

Table of Contents (Glennon_Christian_Social_Ethics_TOC.pdf, 70 Kb) [Download]