|Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
By Stanley J. Grenz & Jay T. Smith
Ethics is as old as the city-state and as new as cyberspace. Guided
wagon tracks of moral tradition, it nevertheless rides the cutting
science and technology. Increasingly it is moving into the corner
law, business, medicine, science and technology.
But few of us arrive in our first ethics class-or take our seat
at an ethics
committee-with a grip on the range of ideas and thinkers, perspectives
pitfalls that make up this ancient conversation about what is good
and moral. We may feel like college math students who slipped through
school without learning algebra.
The Pocket Dictionary of Ethics is a convenient power-assist
unit to help
you ramp up to speed. It not only takes you where your desktop dictionary
was not designed to go, it doubles as a basic A-to-Z survey or refresher
course in ethics.
Among its 300 definitions are
terms, from altruism to zygote
issues, from animal rights to war
perspectives, from Aristotelianism to Utilitarianism
marketplace specialties, from advertising to technological ethics
Jay T. Smith is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Bellingham,