Introducing Christian Ethics

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Introducing Christian Ethics
The book that I have chosen to do my book review on is Introducing Christian Ethics, written by Henlee H. Barnette. This book deals with many Christian ethical decisions based on biblical foundations that are applied to various major problems. Some of the major problems pertain to the self, marriage and family, race relations, economic life, and political life. This book provides assistance to those in need of ethical guidance. This type of guidance is in great need as world and Christian ethical aspects are becoming a growing concern.

In writing this book, Barnette had a specific purpose for his readers to obtain. Barnette's purpose of this volume is to provide an introduction to Christian ethics which gives more attention to the biblical basis and the role of the Holy Spirit than is usually given in current texts on the subject. Barnette also hope for both college and seminary students who have had no orientation in Christian ethics will find the book helpful. The book is broken down into two parts, each with its own specific area of study for the readers. In Part One Barnette focuses on the basic principles of Christian morality. Within this section the nature and scope of Christian ethics are discussed followed by the examination of the ethical content of the Old Testament, also pointing out the ethics of the law, the prophets, and the sages. Part One is concluded by the ethical teachings of Jesus, Paul, and other New Testament writers paying special attention to the role of the Holy Spirit in morality.

Part Two of the book is centered on the problems of Christian Ethics. In this section the responsibility to the self and to society are examined. There are many suggestions as to the task of the church in relation to social issues, which appear in most chapters of Part Two.

After reading Introduction to Christian Ethics I believe that Barnette did indeed accomplish his purpose. Barnette was able to...
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