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Christian Ethics: The Basics

1st Edition

By Robin Gill


184 pages

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Christian Ethics: The Basics sets out clearly and critically the different ways that Augustine, Aquinas and Luther continue to shape ethics today within and across Christian denominations. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject and can be read by religious believers and non-believers alike. Readers are introduced to Christian ethics from the ground up before being invited to consider some of the most controversial but important questions facing people across the world today.

Topics addressed include:

  • Social Justice
  • War and peace
  • Migration/immigration
  • Climate change
  • Euthanasia
  • Same sex marriage
  • Religiously inspired violence
  • Biotechnology
  • Abrahamic ethics

Concise, readable and authoritative, this is the ideal primer for anyone interested in the study of religious ethics and Christianity.


In Christian Ethics: The Basics Robin Gill provides an excellent overview and analysis of the field of Christian Ethics. Key representatives of both classical and contemporary arguments are carefully evaluated with an eye toward their significance today, and each chapter ends with helpful resources for further study. This slender volume is an inviting and accessible exploration of Christian ethics.

Peter R. Gathje, Memphis Theological Seminary, USA

Robin Gill’s "basic" book masterfully unfolds Christian ethics for a new generation, anchoring the field to its roots in the Christian tradition while also illuminating how many of the long-standing questions are evolving and taking new forms in the contemporary world. This is an accessible and inspiring book about living into a complicated future with the diverse resources of the tradition in hand. In short, it is one of the very best introductions to Christian ethics I have read in years.

Paul Martens, Baylor University, USA

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Different Methods Within Christian Ethics

Chapter 2: Politics, Economics and Social Justice

Chapter 3: War and Peace

Chapter 4: The Environment

Chapter 5: Euthanasia and Abortion

Chapter 6: Sexuality and Marriage

Chapter 7: Race and Gender

Chapter 8: The Future of Christian Ethics


About the Author

Robin Gill is Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology at the University of Kent. He is the author or editor of forty books, including Moral Passion and Christian Ethics (2017), A Textbook of Christian Ethics (4th ed. 2014) and Sociological Theology (3 vols. 2012).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Christianity / General