Joined-up life Paperback
A Christian account of how ethics works
by Andrew Cameron;
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Cameron’s accessible, coherent and innovative analysis is divided into seven parts. Each part contains several self-contained chapters that address some specific aspect of Christian thinking about ethics and life, and each chapter is cross-referenced to other key chapters. The chapters may be read in sequence, or dipped into in any order.
• Part 1 considers some common ways of thinking about ethics (e.g. rules, rights, values and results).• Part 2 considers some arenas we are unaware of, but which have a huge impact on how we live.• Part 3 shows how Jesus Christ becomes a better main category than ethics for determining who we are and what we do.• Part 4 builds a ‘unified field’, shaped in response to Jesus Christ, by which we can orient ourselves to whatever is around us.• Part 5 examines some means by which we approach the daily details of life within this overall orientation.• Part 6 looks at some aspects of our life-package, or ‘vocation’, to see how they are located within the ‘unified field’.• Part 7 visits some areas of discussion that cause great disagreement between Christians and others, and tries to show why.
Cameron offers a stimulating reappraisal of our cluttered, tumultuous lives and encourages us to see life through a different lens.
‘Books about Christian ethics can often seem abstract, dry and remote from the complexities of our lived lives. This one brings ethics down to earth and yet succeeds in raising our sights with an inspiring vision of faithfulness to Christ in all aspects of our lives. It is clear, engaging and user-friendly, yet infused throughout with a deep biblical wisdom. It covers an enormous amount of ground, yet allows the reader to enter the conversation anywhere they wish. It is an admirable achievement and will prove useful to a wide variety of audiences.’Jonathan Chaplin, Director, The Kirby Laing Institute of Christian Ethics, Cambridge
‘Few books are harder to write or more important than a good introduction to Christian ethics. To be successful such an introduction must always remain clear and accessible while undertaking the daunting task of calling into question commonly held understandings of theology, biblical studies and pastoral concern. Cameron’s Joined-Up Life succeeds admirably at this task. His account of Christian ethics exudes the warmth of the gospel on every page and yields genuinely fresh insights into a host of common but tired ethical discussions. I heartily recommend it.’Brian R. Brock, Lecturer in Moral and Practical Theology, Dept of Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen
Joined-up life by Andrew Cameron was published by IVP in April 2011 and is our 44501st best seller. The ISBN for Joined-up life is 9781844745159.
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Joined - Up LifeAlan Billings, via The Good Book Stall
Andrew Cameron is a conservative Anglican evangelical. That sentence may be enough to spur you on to read more of this review or even the book itself; or it may deter you. I am a liberal Anglican catholic who came to the book with misgivings. Nevertheless, I would urge you to read it - either because you too are a conservative Christian and this will give you a first-class overview of how to make connections between scripture, Christian theology and ethics, or because as a liberal you need to know how conservative thinking at its best works.
Cameron lectures in ethics, social ethics and philosophy at Moore College, Sydney and chairs the Social Issues Executive of the diocese. The themes of the book reflect this wide interest in doctrine, ethics and social concerns. He has spent the past decade helping future clergy and lay people reflect on faith and life from a (conservative) Christian perspective, so that while he is familiar with scholarly debate on the topics he deals with, he writes in a very engaging and accessible style. He writes with humour and down-to-earth examples.
One of his starting points is a puzzle. As an evangelical – or perhaps simply someone who knows his Bible – Cameron is acutely aware of the fact that the New Testament thinks that much of what we call ‘ethics’ does not set us free or give us peace of mind. So what he gives us is very different from what we have come to expect from a book about ‘Christian ethics’.
In a series of very short chapters he surveys: common ways in which we think about ethics; areas we are not aware of but which have a great impact on how we live; how Jesus is key to understanding how to live well; how we live out the details of our lives in the light of the meaning of Jesus; and how we deal with some difficult contemporary issues.
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|Page last updated||17th December 2016|
|Author / Artist||Andrew Cameron|
|Publisher||IVP (April 2011)|
|Number of Pages||336|