Living for the Future
Theological Ethics for Coming Generations
By (author) Rachel Muers
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Living for the Future by Rachel Muers
Book DescriptionThis book offers an examination of the importance of fundamental issues involved in ethical thought with a view to its significance for future generations.Our relationship to future generations raises fundamental issues for ethical thought, to which a Christian theological response is both possible and significant. A relationship to future generations is implicity central to many of today's most public controversies - over environmental protection, genetic research, and the purpose of education, to name but a few; but it has received little explicit or extended consideration.In "Living for the Future", Rachel Muers argues and seeks to demonstrate that to consider future generations as ethically significant is not simply to extend an existing ethical framework, but to rethink how ethics is done. Doing intergenerationally responsible theology and ethics means paying attention to how people are formed as theological and ethical reasoners (reasoners about the good), how social practices of deliberation about the good are maintained and developed, and how all of this relates to an understanding of the world as the sphere of God's transforming action. In other words, an intergenerationally responsible theological ethics will pay attention to the ethics, and the spirituality, of "ethics" itself.Her account of the ethical relation to future generations centres on three key concepts: "choosing life" (see Deut 30:19); "keeping the sources open"; and "sustaining fruitful contexts". These concepts are developed theologically and in engagement with extra-theological conversations on intergenerational responsibility. She shows how they take up and move beyond concerns expressed in those conversations - for "survival", for the right distribution of resources, and for the maintenance of human values.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780567032256
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book brings Quaker thought on theological ethics into constructive dialogue with Christian tradition while engaging with key contemporary ethical debates and with wider questions about the public role of church-communities in a post/secular context.
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Eating and Believing, Paperback (November 2011)
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An examination of the importance of fundamental issues involved in ethical thought with a view to its significance for future generations.
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Author Biography - Rachel Muers
Dr Rachel Muers is Lecturer in Theology in the University of Leeds, UK. She is author of Keeping God's Silence: Towards a Theological Ethics of Communication (Blackwell, 2004). She also edited The Modern Theologians (Blackwells) together with David Ford.
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