Christian Ethics by Norman Geisler was written in 1989. I’ve known many people who have read this book over the years, but never bothered to do so myself until I saw it on sale for a deep discount! I found it to be a great introduction to ethical systems and pressing moral issues.
Geisler starts by looking at various ethical systems such as antinomianism, situationism, utilitarianism, generalism, and variations of absolutism (these are the names he gives these views, which are not exactly my preferences). He concludes that the Bible teaches a deontological view of ethics. When it comes to the question of whether moral duties ever conflict and how we are to respond, he argues for the “greater good” view in which moral conflicts are real, and we do the greater good when we choose to lesser of the two evils.
Next he moves on to specific moral issues: abortion, euthanasia, various biomedical issues, capital punishment, war, civil disobedience, homosexuality, divorce and remarriage, and ecology. It’s no surprise that his conclusions are consistent with a conservative theological hermeneutic. I find myself in general agreement with most of his conclusions and arguments in this section. For those who studied these issues in-depth, you won’t find much new in this section, but for those who have not given much thought to these moral issues, Geisler provides a great introduction, cramming a lot of well-organized content into a short amount of space. One thing I liked about this section is that Geisler not only argued for his position, but interacted with common objections to his positions as well.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to explore ethical theory and answers to some of the pressing moral issues of our day.