Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning

By Wayne Grudem

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Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning

By Wayne Grudem

How should Christians live when the surrounding culture is increasingly hostile to Christian moral values? Granted, the Bible is our guide—but how can we know if we are interpreting it rightly with regard to ethical questions such as wealth and poverty, telling the truth, marriage and divorce, birth control, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, business practices, environmental stewardship, and dozens of other issues? And on a very practical level, how can we know God’s will in the ordinary decisions of life? To address questions like these, Wayne Grudem, author of the best-selling Systematic Theology, draws on forty years of teaching classes in ethics to write this wide-ranging introduction to biblical moral reasoning, organized according to the structure of the Ten Commandments. He issues a challenging call for Christians to live lives of personal holiness, and offers a vision of the Christian life that is full of joy and blessing through living each day in a way that is pleasing to God.


Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books. 


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Introduction

1. Introduction to Christian Ethics

2. The Ultimate Basis for Ethics: The Moral Character of God

3. The Bible: Our Source of Ethical Standards

4. The Goal of Ethics: A Life Lived for the Glory of God 

5. The Joys and Blessings of Obedience to God and the Harmful Consequences of Sin

6. How to Know God’s Will

7. Christians Will Never Have to Choose the “Lesser Sin”

8. How Should Christians Use the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance?

Part 2: Protecting God's Honor 
“You shall have no other gods before me.”

9. No Other Gods

10. No Carved Images

11. Purity of Speech

12. Lying and Telling the Truth

13. The Sabbath Commandment

Part 3: Protecting Human Authority
“Honor your father and your mother.”

14. Authority of Parents 

15. Equality and Leadership in Marriage

16. Civil Government

17. Other Authorities

Part 4: Protecting Life
“You shall not murder.”

18. Capital Punishment

19. War

20. Self-Defense

21. Abortion

22. Euthanasia

23. Suicide

24. Aging and Death

25. Racial Discrimination

26. Health

27. Alcohol and Drugs

Part 5: Protecting Marriage
“You shall not commit adultery.” 

28. Marriage

29. Birth Control

30. Infertility, Reproductive Technology, and Adoption

31. Pornography

32. Divorce and Remarriage

33. Homosexuality and Transgenderism

Part 6: Protecting Property
“You shall not steal.” 

34. Property: The Goodness and Necessity of Private Ownership of Property

35. Work, Rest, Vacations, and Retirement

36. Increasing Prosperity: Is More Prosperity a Good Thing?

37. Wealth and Poverty

38. Personal Stewardship

39. Borrowing, Lending, and the Question of Debt

40. Business Ethics

41. Stewardship of the Environment

Part 7: Protecting Purity of Heart
“You shall not covet.” 

42. Purity of Heart

Appendix: Should We Move Beyond the New Testament to a Better Ethic? An Analysis of William J. Webb's Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis


Category: Theology
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 1248
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4965-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4965-6
Size: 7.375 in x 9.25 in
Weight: 60.0 ounces
Published: June 30, 2018