There is a difference between "ethics" and "morals." Ethics do not change. Morals reflect the changing whims of culture. For the Christian, ethics must be rooted in the absolutes revealed in God's Word to inform and nurture our moral conduct. Followers of Christ must learn to think biblically. A Christian approach to complex ethical topics in the postmodern era challenges us to identify how we relate to culture.
As a church historian Eckman argues that Christians, who hold to a set of ethical absolutes, have related to their culture in one of three ways: separation, accommodation, or transformation. This book explores a synthesis of all three, viewed through the lens of Scripture, to formulate a strategy for today. Critical ethical questions on abortion, euthanasia, bioethics, human sexuality, politics, war, capital punishment, work, race, the arts, and the environment are threads that weave the moral fabric to which believers must come to terms.
About the Author
James P. Eckman is President and Professor in Theology, Ethics, and History at Grace University, Omaha, Nebraska. He holds a B.S. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. from Lehigh University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. While at Dallas Theological Seminary, he received the Charles A. Nash Award in Historical Theology. An ordained minister, Dr. Eckman's specialty remains in historical theology, with an emphasis on the American church and revivalism. In addition to hosting a weekly radio program, “Issues in Perspective,” he lectures widely on postmodern era implications for the Christian community. He is married and the father of two children.