Mark Baker's presentation becomes book chapter

A presentation by Mark Baker, Ph. D., professor of mission and theology, titled “Learning from Paul: Centered Ethics that Avoid Legalistic Judgmentalism and Moral Relativism,” has been published in the book Ecclesia and Ethics: Moral Formation and the Church, eds. E. Allen Jones III, et al., published by Bloomsbury Publishing May 19, 2016. The chapter is on pages 55-67. The presentation was originally given at the Ecclesia and Ethics Online Biblical Studies and Theology Conference, May 18, 2013.

From the Bloomsbury website: “Ecclesia and Ethics considers the subject of Ecclesial Ethics within its theological, theoretical and exegetical contexts. Part one presents the biblical-theological foundations of an ecclesial ethic – examining issues such as creation, and Paul's theology of the Cross. Part two moves on to examine issues of character formation and community. Finally, part three presents a range of exegetical applications, which examine scripture and ethics in praxis. These essays look at hot-button issues such as the ‘virtual self’ in the digital age, economics, and attitudes to war. The collection includes luminaries such as N.T. Wright, Michael J. Gorman, Stanley Hauerwas and Dennis Hollinger, as well as giving space to new theological and exegetical voices. As such Ecclesia and Ethics provides a challenging and contemporary examination of modern ethical debates in the light of up-to-date theology and exegesis.”

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Wayne Steffen
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