379 pp. (November 2000)
|The Moral Quest:
Foundation of Christian Ethics
By Stanley J. Grenz
What is ethics?
Why should Christians care?
Beginning with these basic questions, Stanley Grenz masterfully
leads his readers into a theological engagement with moral inquiry.
In The Moral Quest he sets forth the basics of ethics, considers
the role and methods of Christian ethics in particular, and examines
the ethical approaches of the Old Testament, the Gospels and Paul.
He introduces the foundational theological ethics of Augustine,
Thomas Aquinas, and Luther and the Reformers. And he concludes with
an evenhanded discussion of modern and contemporary Christian ethicists,
including Albert Ritschl, Walter Rauschenbusch, Karl Barth, James
Gustafson, Paul Ramsey, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King
Jr., Gustavo Gutiérrez, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Stanley
Hauerwas, Carl F. H. Henry and Oliver O'Donovan.
Clear, concise, and well apprised of relevant literature, Grenz
(a theologian recognized for the excellence of his own theological
and ethical work) provides in this book a first-rate introduction
to Christian ethics. The Moral Quest will well serve students, pastors
and interested laypersons alike.
"The Moral Quest . . . Deserves reading by every Christian
Christian Week, Book Supplement
"This book fills a large gap in the literature on Christian
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"The Moral Quest is the finest statement of Christian theological
ethics to appear in a long time. It is simultaneously biblical and
philosophical, while primarily driven by a rich and coherent trinitarian,
eschatological and communitarian theological/moral vision. This
is not the book to read if one wants exposure to mountains of technical
data concerning the controversial moral issues of our time; instead,
it is the book to read before ascending those mountains."
David P. Gushee, Union University
"Grenz's impressive breadth in interpreting the wide gamut
of Christian ethicists, orienting readers to the field in his usual
wise and balanced way with clarity and smooth readability, makes
this book a solid choice for introducing Christian ethics."
Glenn H. Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary