When confronted by the broad array of ethical controversies that have arisen and intensified in the postmodern age, most people are forced to acknowledge that easy answers are in short supply.
Love Your Neighbor: Thinking Wisely About Right and Wrong, by Norman Geisler and Ryan Snuffer, offers Christians the tools they need to engage these difficult issues. Beginning from the "greatest commandments" (Matthew 22) and working outward, Geisler and Snuffer avoid the "easy answer" of a simplistic and authoritarian set of rules for every situation, and instead equip readers with the biblical background and critical thinking skills necessary to consider thorny ethical issues for themselves.
Love Your Neighbor is divided into two parts. In the first, the authors offer a substantial introduction to the fundamentals and foundations of Christian ethics. They begin with the nature of God and morality, describe ethical teachings of both the Old and the New Testaments, compare absolute and relative ethical systems, and show how these elements combine to form a solid foundation for ethical Christian behavior. In the second part, they turn to practical application, and an examination of 18 different contemporary ethical issues. Along with offering a balanced consideration of controversial issues such as abortion and homosexuality, they also include ethical issues that the church sometimes conveniently ignores, such as poverty, economic justice, and ecology, and makes the case that these issues are hardly "non-essentials" in living God's will.
Each chapter ends with questions for discussion to help readers synthesize and apply the material presented. The book also contains two appendices: a discussion of Christian liberty, and additional teaching and discussion materials for teachers and leaders of small groups. Useful and readable for both youth and adults, this book offers thoughtful readers the tools and direction they need to consider, carefully and biblically, the ethical quandaries of our day.
“Those who are looking for simplistic answers will not find them here; those willing to grapple with both the Bible and real life will welcome this opportunity to think carefully about the choices that confront us every single day.” —Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor, The Moody Church, Chicago
Norman L. Geisler has authored or coauthored over seventy books, including The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and his classic four-volume Systematic Theology. For nearly four decades, he has taught at the university and graduate level, and has spoken or debated in all fifty U.S. states, and in twenty-five countries. Dr. Geisler received his doctorate in Philosophy from Loyola University and now serves as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Ryan P. Snuffer teaches philosophy and religious studies at Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia. He is also a minister of discipleship at the United Methodist Temple.