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CHRISTIAN ETHICS: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning

What does the Bible teach about how to live in today’s world?

Best-selling author and professor Wayne Grudem distills over forty years of teaching experience into a single volume aimed at helping readers apply a biblical worldview to difficult ethical issues, including wealth and poverty, marriage and divorce, birth control, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, business practices, environmental stewardship, telling the truth, knowing God’s will, understanding Old Testament laws, and more.

“Insightful, encyclopedic, biblical, and distinctively evangelical, this new book from Wayne Grudem is a massive contribution to Christian ethics. It will stand as one of the most important and definitive works of this generation. Readers should engage it chapter by chapter, and then keep it close at hand for continuing consultation.” --R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Wayne Grudem and I have always been on the same page, both in theology and in theological method. Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning has all the excellent features of his Systematic Theology: biblical fidelity, comprehensiveness, clarity, practical application, and interaction with other writers. His exhortations drive the reader to worship the triune God. I hope the book gets the wide distribution and enthusiastic response that it deserves.” --John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Wayne Grudem is a master at cutting into meaty intellectual topics, seasoning them, and serving them up in flavorful, bite-sized morsels for the ordinary person to savor and digest. Don’t let the size of this book deter you! This rich feast will help you figure out what the Bible says about how to live today. Dig in. Taste the wisdom that is sweeter than honey. Eat from the bread that will bring health to your spirit and life to your bones.” --Mary A. Kassian, author, Girls Gone Wise

“This nearly exhaustive treatment of Christian ethics is destined to become the standard evangelical text for many years to come. It is wide-ranging, thoughtful, and unafraid to engage with controversial issues and with those who take a different approach. Regardless of whether one can side with Grudem on each topic, all of us can benefit immensely from his lucid presentation. There is hardly an ethical issue he doesn’t address, and I will be consulting his work regularly for wisdom and guidance on a variety of matters that the church faces in a morally decadent and confused world. Highly recommended!” --Sam Storms, Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma






1. Introduction to Christian Ethics

2. The Ultimate Basis for Ethics: The Moral Character of God

3. Our Source of Ethical Standards: The Bible

4. The Goal of Ethics: Living for the Glory of God

5. The Joys and Blessings of Obedience to God and the Harmful Consequences of Sin

6. How to Know God’s Will: Factors to Consider in Making Ethical Decisions

7. Christians Will Never Have to Choose the “Lesser Sin”

8. How Should Christians Use the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance?


“You shall have no other gods before me.”

9. No Other Gods

10. No Carved Images

11. Purity of Speech

12. Lying and Telling the Truth

13. The Sabbath Commandment

Part 3: Protecting Human Authority

“Honor your father and your mother.”

14. Authority of Parents

15. Equality and Leadership in Marriage

16. Civil Government

17. Other Authorities

Part 4: Protecting Human Life

“You shall not murder.”

18. Capital Punishment

19. War

20. Self-Defense

21. Abortion

22. Euthanasia

23. Suicide

24. Aging and Death

25. Racial Discrimination

26. Health

27. Alcohol and Drugs

Part 5: Protecting Marriage

“You shall not commit adultery.”

28. Marriage

29. Birth Control

30. Infertility, Reproductive Technology, and Adoption

31. Pornography

32. Divorce and Remarriage

33. Homosexuality and Transgenderism

Part 6: Protecting Property

“You shall not steal.”

34. Property: The Goodness and Necessity of Private Ownership of Property

35. Work, Rest, Vacations, and Retirement

36. Increasing Prosperity: Is More Prosperity a Good Thing?

37. Poverty and Wealth

38. Personal Financial Stewardship

39. Borrowing, Lending, and the Question of Debt

40. Business Ethics

41. Stewardship of the Environment

Part 7: Protecting Purity of Heart

“You shall not covet.”

42. Purity of Heart

Appendix A: Should We Move Beyond the New Testament to a Better Ethic? An Analysis of William J. Webb's Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis

Appendix B: Scripture Versions Cited


Name Index

Hymn Index

Scripture Index

Subject Index

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SGCB Price: $29.95 (list price $60.00)