This book by Michael Banner explores and attempts to understand the significance of Christian belief for a range of contemporary and controversial ethical issues including euthanasia, the environment, biotechnology, abortion, the family, sexual ethics, and the distribution of scarce resources for health care. Its importance lies in its attempt to show the crucial difference that Christian belief makes to an understanding of these issues, while at the same time demonstrating some of the weaknesses and confusions of certain popular approaches to them.
'Michael Banner is an event waiting to happen. He is clearly one of the brightest and most interesting young people doing ethics on the scene today. He is a first-rate theologian who promises to be a new and long-standing voice not only in England but in America. This is a good book and one that I believe will be widely read.' Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University 'Michael Banner has a distinctive voice. It is articulate, reasoned and often polemical. It is resolutely theological, and draws increasingly on classic theologians of the past as well as on major figures from the last two centuries. It addresses some of the most pressing contemporary ethical concerns.' Oliver O'Donovan, University of Oxford 'His book oozes with confidence and assuredness.' Times Literary Supplement