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Release data : 01 September, 1989
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Geisler manages to slaughter an entire army of straw-men in this book. I was rather disappointed, as Geisler is usually a very good author. In fact, I even agree with him in choosing graded absolutism over any of the other ethical options he chose. However, in all fairness to the other positions, Geisler simply painted a simplistic picture of each and attacked positions I doubt that many people really hold. Not only that, but he did not give responses other positions would give to arguments made against them, yet for graded absolutism he had many pages responding to criticisms of it. It was simply not a fair overview of different ethical approaches.
As to the second half where he gives consideration to specific ethical dilemmas (e.g. abortion, suicide, etc.) he once again fails to give positions he disagrees with a fair hearing. Mind you, I agree with most of Geisler's decisions, so I am not complaining that he did not give my positions a fair hearing. I am complaining that my position did not win fairly in Geisler's book. It was pitted against very simplistic and biased opinions of what other positions believe, and I am frankly quite disappointed in Geisler for putting out such an unfair evaluation of those views.
Overall grade: D+
Christian Ethics and God's Law
How you determine one's own human behavior? How do you define ethics when one believes the Bible is God's word? How do you write on this topic and keep it under a thousand pages? First the book must be written that incorporates scripture. The book cannot be kept brief if the author tries to include every angle of an argument. This book is a text book, so it does have to present alternative argument. This book does and I understand it does an adequate job of presenting alternative views and why the view is not acceptable to a Christian.
This is a Christian Ethics text book, so its focus should be on biblical scripture to determine what is right and and what is wrong. I have never read an alternative Christian Ethics text book. I presume those written for a public University or another secular institution would incorporate quite different type of arguments. These books would use less bible scripture, quote more nonreligious philosophers, maybe some quotes from Christian theologians, but relying more on a buddhist, zen, or Hindu philosophy.
Norman Geisler presents ethics from a Christian perspective. He knows there is one true god and that God gives us absolute truth n His Holy Word called the Bible. This not a book on Christian Apologetics, but is a philosophy that comes forth from an author that has written a book on Christian Apologetics. Other authors have written books with the preposition that Christianity is not true and others who argue its arguments do not have any weight. These authors come from a different way of thinking in the Universe.
Does this work help the Christian understand Biblical truth? Those who study its content will more equipped to dismiss bad Biblical arguments about human behavior. It will also better place the individual to understand non biblical arguments to not be from God. This should be the purpose of reading this book.