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Moral Choices

An Introduction to Ethics
Scott Rae
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With its unique union of theory and application and its well-organized, easy-to-use design, Moral Choices has earned its place as the standard text for college ethics courses. This third edition offers extensive updates, revisions, and brand new material, all designed to help students develop a sound and current basis for making ethical decisions in today's complex postmodern culture. Moral Choices outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics while avoiding undue dogmatism. The book also introduces other ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant. After describing a seven-step procedure for tackling ethical dilemmas, author Scott Rae uses case studies to address some of today’s most pressing social issues. He guides students in thinking critically and biblically about: ? Abortion ? Reproductive Technologies ? Euthanasia ? Capital Punishment ? Sexual Ethics ? The Morality of War ? Genetic Technologies and Human Cloning ? NEW: Ethics and Economics NEW FEATURES • Online resources for instructors, with test banks, PowerPoint® presentations, and more • Chapter on ethics and economics covering global capitalism, environmental ethics, and business ethics • Significant new material on bioethics and stem cell and embryo research • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter • Sidebars with case studies for discussion

About the Author

Scott B. Rae (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Study Ethics?
2. Christian Ethics
3. Ethical Systems and Ways of Moral Reasoning
4. Making Ethical Decisions
5. Abortion and Embryonic Stem Cell Research
6. Reproductive Technologies
7. Biotechnology, Genetics, and Human Cloning
8. Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
9. Capital Punishment
10. Sexual Ethics
11. The Morality of War
12. Ethics and Economics


“Scott Rae is one of the leading Evangelical ethicists in North America, and this thoroughly updated version of Moral Choices features the excellence we have come to expect from his pen. Based on its breadth of coverage, depth of insight, and accessibility of style, it is now the go-to text for colleges and seminaries. It is also a must read for pastors and laypersons who want to be informed about the ethical issues of our day. I highly recommend it.” -- J. P. Moreland

“ Moral Choices is characterized by particular strength in its discussion of ethical methodology, its approach to bioethical and business ethics issues, its accessibility and readability, its use of cases and discussion questions, and its engagement with a wide range of both secular and Christian thinkers through the ages. It is conservative and evangelical while remaining irenic and dialogical.” -- David P. Gushee

“Moral Choices is an outstanding text for an introductory course in bioethics. The survey of philosophical thinking throughout history sets the context for dialogue. The model that is presented is especially useful for beginning students. Our classes work through the model to learn the principles, and then apply that model to 1-2 topics, working in depth. As a result, its strengths and weaknesses are revealed. Then, students are able to understand the challenges associated with bioethical issues. This enables them to be equipped for issues that are arising. Moral Choices has been a foundational component to accomplish this.” Mount Vernon Nazarene University -- Paul Madtes Jr.

“This is a well-crafted introduction to Christian ethics. Professor Rae exhibits in his work the very virtues that he extols his readers to emulate. His love of learning, Christ, and the good, the true, and the beautiful comes through loud and clear. Although one may find oneself disagreeing with Professor Rae, as I do on a few issues, you will be more informed, challenged, and enlightened as a consequence of reading this book.” -- Francis J. Beckwith, Professor

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  • Page Count: 384
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed
  • ISBN: 9780310291091
  • Release: August 5, 2009
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