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Churchgoing and Christian Ethics : New Studies in Christian Ethics - Robin Gill

Churchgoing and Christian Ethics

New Studies in Christian Ethics

Paperback Published: 18th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521578288
Number Of Pages: 292

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Robin Gill argues that once moral communities (such as churchgoers) take centre stage in ethics - as they do in virtue ethics - then there should be a greater interest in sociological evidence about these communities. This book examines recent evidence, gathered from social attitude surveys, about church communities, in particular their views on faith, moral order and love. It shows that churchgoers are distinctive in their attitudes and behaviour. Some of their attitudes change over time, and there are a number of obvious moral disagreements between different groups of churchgoers. Nonetheless, there are broad patterns of Christian beliefs, teleology and altruism which distinguish churchgoers as a whole from non-churchgoers. However, the values, virtues, moral attitudes and behaviour of churchgoers are shared by many other people as well. The distinctiveness of church communities in the modern world is thus real but relative, and is crucial for the task of Christian ethics.

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'Churchgoing and Christian Ethics is both original and elegant in its argument.' Journal of Religion 'Gill's challenge to vague and idealized accounts of Christian communities, driven by theological presuppositions, is very welcome ...'. Scottish Journal of Theology

List of tables
The Theoretical Context
Churchgoing and the bias of virtue ethicists
Churchgoing and the bias of sociologists
Four theories of churchgoing
The Evidence
The British Household Panel survey
Faith in British social attitudes surveys
Moral order in British social attitudes surveys
Love in British social attitudes surveys
The Implications
Churchgoing and Christian identity
Churches and moral disagreement
Works cited
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ISBN: 9780521578288
ISBN-10: 0521578280
Series: New Studies in Christian Ethics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 18th October 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.34