Ethics concerns what is right and wrong and
how we decide. Christian ethics draws on the teachings of the church and witness
The assertion in the Scots Confession of 1560 that we interpret the plain
text of scripture by the principles of Christian faith and the rule of law in
the New Testament is very helpful for Christian ethics. As we consider
contemporary issues, which could not have been
contemplated by those who wrote the Bible, we need to apply Christian scripture in
the light of church doctrines and the great commandment to love God and our neighbors.
A PDF file that suggests why moving money from
big banks into community investments makes sense.
Banking: A Saving Grace?
Public banking seems to be effective in constraining banking practices that I
would characterize as more sinful than redeeming.
Ecology concerns the life of the earth. It
poses ethical issues of paramount importance, because we depends
on the earth for life and yet humankind is rapidly degrading the capacity of the earth to
To purchase my introductory textbook,
Doing Environmental Ethics
(2nd edition), click on the title.
Human rights are not only international law
but a matter of faith. Thus, ethical issues concerning rights require not only a concern
for the law but also an understanding of the biblical imperatives.
A study of religious support all over the
globe for international human rights law was published in 1991 under the title Faith
in Human Rights. Chapters include ethical arguments by the World Council of
Churches, Evangelicals, and Catholics.
There is much controversy in the church today
concerning sex before marriage and homosexuality. The latter issue bitterly
divides many Protestant denominations.
In 2005 I served as a
volunteer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
(EAPPI) sponsored by the World Council of Churches. These letters tell of my
involvement with Israelis and
Palestinians committed to a just peace for both peoples through nonviolent
For a Powerpoint presentation about the work of EAPPI, click
The Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.) voted in the summer of 2004 to pursue selective divestment in
corporations selling merchandise to the Israeli government, which is being used to
maintain the occupation of Palestinian land. This essay is a ethical
reflection on the actions of the Church.
In response to attacks on the World Trade
Center in New York and the Pentagon, the United States has declared war on
terrorism and has organized a coalition of nations to support attacks on
countries harboring terrorists. How are Christians to respond?