Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning3
What is it about Wayne Grudem and massive hardback books? His Systematic Theology, currently being revised, came in at a hefty 1,264 pages. Politics according to the Bible was a mere 624 pages, and Bible Doctrine brings up the rear with a paltry 528 pages.
Wayne’s most recent work, Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning (Crossway), tops them all. It is 1,296 pages! My only objection is that it is too large and too heavy for me to find space for it in my briefcase. Wherever I go, I have to carry it by hand. Maybe Wayne intended it that way so more people would take notice of its existence! In any case, it is a gloriously large and remarkably substantive work.
There are 42 chapters, each taking up a separate topic relating to how Christians are to live in a way that is pleasing to God. Just to mention a few:
Our Source of Ethical Standards: The Bible
The Joys and Blessings of Obedience to God and the Harmful Consequences of Sin
How Should Christians Use the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance?
Lying and Telling the Truth
Alcohol and Drugs
Divorce and Remarriage
Homosexuality and Transgenderism
Poverty and Wealth
Borrowing, Lending, and the Question of Debt.
And that’s only 17 topics of the 42 covered in the book. When Wayne finished his first draft of the book he asked me to read it and provide an endorsement. I was happy to do so. Here is what I said:
“This nearly exhaustive treatment of Christian ethics is destined to become the standard evangelical text for many years to come. It is wide-ranging, thoughtful, and unafraid to engage with controversial issues and with those who take a different approach. Regardless of whether one can side with Grudem on each topic, all of us can benefit immensely from his lucid presentation. There is hardly an ethical issue he doesn’t address, and I will be consulting his work regularly for wisdom and guidance on a variety of matters that the church faces in a morally decadent and confused world. Highly recommended!”
So, don’t wait to purchase it. I doubt if anyone will read it through at one sitting (you’d probably have to skip a couple of nights sleep to do so!), but it should prove to be an incredible resource to help us process the many moral dilemmas we face in today’s world.